|Soldiers help residents in the central province of Quang Tri's Vinh Linh District to clear their rubber plantation, which was damaged by tropical storm Wutip. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam Red Cross yesterday called for local and international support to help the people of the central region overcome the consequences of storm Wutip and stabilise their lives.
General Secretary Nguyen Huu Hong said at a press conference that the Red Cross society has decided to continuously provide VND5 billion (US$238,000) as relief to people in the six provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.
Previously, the society provided 1,200 boxes of emergency aid and nearly 2 million Aquatab pills for water purification to these provinces.
Storm victims will be provided with essential commodities, including tools for repairing houses, money for buying food, and clean water in the immediate period.
The society also helped those with collapsed houses build new ones and provided loans to those whose livelihoods were most affected.
Sweeping through the central region on Tuesday, Storm Wutip killed at least nine people and injured 199 others, causing total losses of more than VND4.9trillion ($234million) in six central provinces.
The Ministry of Finance will provide 1,000 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to natural disaster-hit Binh Dinh Province.
The provincial People's Committee has to distribute the rice promptly and to the right people, ordered Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
Farming has taken a severe hit in the province due to a prolonged drought.
Hoa Sen Group will donate 12,000 metres of corrugated iron worth VND650 million (US$31,000) to poor teachers in the central region who have been affected by Storm Wutip.
The group said they had quickly transported the corrugated iron to teachers, especially those living in central Quang Binh Province which suffered the most damage from the storm.
The group has worked with Viet Nam Television and Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper to call for more support from society to help residents affected by the storm. — VNS