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Aid rushed to flood victims in central region

Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong on October 21 visited and presented relief aid to residents affected by torrential rains and floods in Huong So ward, Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

She lauded the province’s natural disaster response efforts, especially rescue operations at the deadly landslide at the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant.

The legislator asked Thua Thien-Hue to continue supporting families of the deceased and missing, and those who have been rendered homeless by the natural disasters.

On this occasion, Phong presented 20 relief packages valued at 25 million VND (1,070 USD) to poor households in a local resettlement area. The NA Office also provided 50 million VND for the affected residents.

The same day, a delegation of the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) Central Committee led by Vice Chairman and General Secretary Nguyen Hai Anh visited flood victims in Le Thuy and Quang Ninh districts that have been hardest hit by the natural disasters in central Quang Binh province.

The flooding has claimed nine lives and injured 29 others, and submerged 109,000 houses in Quang Binh, statistics show.

The relief it handed to the victims includes dried food and drinking water, and cash worth a total of nearly 1.5 billion VND (nearly 65,000 USD).

Anh said the VRCS has mobilised the support of donors, domestic and international organisations, and partners for residents in flood-hit areas, especially Quang Binh province – one of the worst affected localities.

According to a report from the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, as of 7am on October 21, flooding that began on October 6 had killed 111 people and left 22 missing nationwide. Some 371 ha of rice paddies have been submerged, 7,126 ha of crops damaged, and over 700,000 heads of cattle and poultry killed or swept away.