|A HCM City resident donates money to an emergency aid box to help people in the central region, hit hardest by the storm. — VNS Thu Hang
HA NOI (VNS)— The country has rallied together to raise funds in support of victims of Storm Wutip which hit the central region early this week.
The Party Central Committee on Thursday held a fund raising campaign for the storm victims attended by President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and other members of the Politburo and Party Secretariat.
At the event, Le Hong Anh, Politburo member and permanent member of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Central Committee (CPVCC) Secretariat, said the storm had caused great losses in terms of both human life and property after sweeping across the central region.
Relevant ministries and agencies had been instructed to continue helping victims to overcome the consequences of the storm, he said.
On the same day, staff at the Ministry of Defence, the Presidential State Office, the Government Office, the National Assembly Office, the Inspection Commission of the Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee donated at least one day's salary each to help those affected by the storm.
Party committees of central agencies have raised VND23 billion (US$1.09 million) for storm victims, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised a total of VND226 million ($10,400).
The Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has mobilised VND1.2 billion ($56,800) to support residents in Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.
Storm Wutip, the strongest storm to hit Viet Nam in six years, killed at least 12 people and injured around 225 after slamming into the central region early this week, according to the latest report from the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.
It was estimated to cause losses of over VND4.9 trillion ($234 million) in the six central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. — VNS