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Donations pour in for victims of Storm Wutip

Update: October, 10/2013 - 08:58
Residents in HCM City collect money to support victims of Tropical Storm Wutip in central region. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh

HA NOI (VNS)— State agencies, domestic and international organisations and individuals are continuing to contribute relief aid to victims of Tropical Storm Wutip in central provinces.

For Quang Binh Province, which suffered the worst of the storm, as much asVND13.5 billion (US$635,000) have been collected.

The Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang launched a fundraising campaign on Tuesday to help people in central provinces return to normal life, and has already collected over VND265 million ($12,400).

On the same day, the Viet Nam Fatherland Front's chapter in southern Long An Province received VND50 million ($2,350) from local donors on the first day of a 24-day campaign to raise funds for those affected by the storm.

The provincial People's Committee has also provided VND350 million ($16,400) to support victims of the storm.

The central province of Binh Thuan has sent VND700 million ($32,900) to the victims, of which VND200 million ($9,400) went to storm-affected locals in Quang Binh Province.

In a related move, Ha Noi launched a month-long campaign on Monday for those struggling to turn to the normal life.

At the same time, the Viet Nam Fatherland Front chapter in southern Dong Thap Province has received over VND1.4 billion ($65,800) from businesses, organisations and individuals, after already donating VND500 million ($23,500) from its own budget.

On Monday, a delegation from the Golden Heart Foundation under the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour handed over relief aid including 2.5 tonnes of rice, 7,000 notebooks and school equipment and VND120 million ($5,600) in cash to storm victims in Ha Tinh Province's Ky Ha Commune.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) on Monday launched a preliminary emergency appeal for $2.3 million to help the Viet Nam Red Cross deliver emergency assistance to 37,500 people following the widespread devastation caused by Wutip.

Storm Wutip caused losses totalling VND11 trillion ($517 million) in central coastal provinces. Quang Binh was the hardest hit, with losses equal to VND8 trillion ($376 million).

The storm killed 14 people and injured 225, while two others are still missing. — VNS


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