Vietnam: The Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) under the Hawaii University and the University of Water Resources are jointly implementing a pilot project to strengthen early flood warning capacity in central Vietnam.
The project will help the central provinces put in place the decision support system (DSS) software in combination with the GIS in risk assessment, disaster modelling and early warning.
According to Dr Nguyen Huu Phuc, Director of the National Central for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Prevention, the USD 500,000 project, funded by the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), will be implemented in eight central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Ninh Thuan.
The project aims to develop communication infrastructure, strengthen the early disaster warning capacity at regional and provincial levels and teach the use of flood models in risk assessment and early warning.
It will also help the localities to get access to updates on flood warnings, integrated flood maps, flood models and related data as well as share information on the impacts of disasters, thus improving capacity to cope with calamities and minimising damages on human and property caused by floods.