December, 16 2013 08:40:00

President Sang offers gifts to flood victims

President Truong Tan Sang hands over gifts to families affected by storms and floods in Son Nham Commune, Son Ha District, Quang Ngai Province on Saturday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang on Saturday visited, and presented gifts to, victims of the recent floods in three districts of the central province of Quang Ngai.

He praised authorities and local residents in districts of Son Ha, Tu Nghia and Nghia Hanh for their solidarity and mutual support in efforts to rebuild after the disaster.

The President also reminded them to make preparations for future flooding, with a top focus on residential planning and planting trees.

Apart from necessities such as rice and food, Quang Ngai should provide the local residents with all necessary farming tools and seeds to restore agricultural production, he stressed.

Also, President Sang and the Central Committee of the Viet Nam Red Cross Society presented gifts to 120 storm-hit families, as well as 320 cows to local residents.

The floods, which submerged 70 communes in the region under 2-4m of water on November 15-16, killed 15 locals, swept away 130 houses, and damaged 4,000ha of crops. Total losses amounted to around US$47.6 million. The provincial authorities have asked the central Government for 4,000 tonnes of rice and seedlings and $16 million to rebuild houses, roads and recover production.

Yesterday, Sang visited the people of Dai Hung Commune, Dai Loc District in central Quang Nam Province, an area frequently affected by floods.

During the past four years, the commune has experienced 10 serious floods, causing considerable damages endured by its residents. Therefore, Sang asked for local authorities to offer adequate support towards its residents and step up construction of flood-proof infrastructures.

He also told local authorities and residents to enhance prevention work and minimise the damages caused by disasters.

Sang presented 100 gifts and 170 cows to disadvantaged locals in Quang Nam to help them earn a better living.

Sang also visited the residents of the resettlement area near the Tranh River Hydro Power Plant 2 in Bac Tra My District in Quang Nam and supervised the operation of the plant. — VNS

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