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US offers training in disaster response

Update: March, 05/2012 - 10:35

THUA THIEN-HUE — A community training course in disaster response organised by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was completed in the central city of Hue on Saturday.

The course was part of a USAID-funded project carried out by the American Red Cross with the aim of increasing public awareness in central Viet Nam on how to cope with natural disasters in coastal areas.

Participants in the course were equipped with basic knowledge on how to respond to natural disasters, fires, floods and search and rescue work by taking part in a series of realistic exercises.

The project will help 64 communes in the eight central coast provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen to establish community-based disaster risk management systems.

It will also help raise the capacity of Viet Nam's Red Cross and Red Cross branches at community level.

So far over 590,000 people have benefited from the training programme. — VNS

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