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Aid comes for flood victims in central Vietnam

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee has presented 20 billion VND (860,000 USD) to support flood-hit families in five central provinces.

Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, and Quang Binh provinces will receive 5 billion VND each while 3 billion VND will be earmarked for Quang Nam and 2 billion VND for Ha Tinh.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) Central Committee said it has raised nearly 2.7 billion VND in cash and kind for the three localities of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Ha Tinh and sent two delegations to the provinces on October 20.

The organisation previously raised close to 2 billion VND for four flood-hit central provinces.

Its chapters in other localities have also arranged activities to support central region residents. The VRCS chapters in Ha Nam and Ninh Binh provinces have donated 800 million VND and more than 10 tonnes of rice and necessities.

The HCM City and Dong Nai chapters, meanwhile, offered over 1.1 billion VND and 2,000 aid packages worth 1 billion VND.

On October 19, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour called on workers, businesses, and donors nationwide to provide support to flood victims.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Hanoi chapter held a fundraising ceremony on October 20 that raised more than 22 billion VND and foodstuffs from 55 donors.

During the 17th Congress of the Hanoi Party Organisation held on October 13, delegates presented a total of 312 million VND, while the city’s Fatherland Front chapter allocated 7 billion VND to the central localities.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group will provide 5 billion VND to the five provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, and Ha Tinh.

It also earmarked a further 300 million VND to support workers at its affiliate, the Nong Son thermal power plant in Quang Nam province.

Between October 6 and 12, central cities and provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai were struck by prolonged rains and floods triggered by storms and a cold snap.

Six provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Nam have been inundated since October 12, affecting more than 260,000 households, with many areas two or three meters underwater. Floods have also hit about 154,000 households in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri provinces.

As of 5 pm on October 19, the natural disaster had left 102 people dead and 25 missing, with substantial damage inflicted upon local agriculture, irrigation, and transport infrastructure./.