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PM approves rice aid for flood-hit residents

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to provide 2,000 tonnes of rice from the national reserve as food aid to residents in the central provinces of Quang Binh and Ha Tinh who suffered from serious flooding.

Accordingly, 1,000 tonnes of rice in aid will be delivered to each province.

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue was assigned to direct flood relief work in the two localities.

Earlier, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent a letter to rescue forces, soldiers and locals in the flood-hit provinces, expressing his sympathy with them and asking all-out efforts to deal with the consequences of the floods.

He ordered local authorities to take measures to help communities get back on their feet soon.

In early September, torrential rains brought by a tropical depression were recorded from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue. In many areas, total rainfall rose to over 1,000mm, causing widespread flooding in low areas, leading to heavy loss in human lives and property.

As of September 5 evening, the death toll due to flooding rose to six while 10 others remained missing in the provinces.

The hardest-hit localities were Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.-VNA/VNP