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Food, money donations support flood victims in Central provinces

Update: November, 20/2013 - 09:49

The Deputy PM visited and presented relief aid to families of the dead in Binh Dinh and those whose homes were destroyed by the floods. He inspected some damaged transport infrastructure and water irrigation sites.— Photo VGP

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai yesterday visited the southern central province of Binh Dinh which has been hardest hit by floods to guide recovery tasks.

Eighteen people in Binh Dinh died and another was injured after floods swept through central and central Highlands regions over the past few days, causing the province estimated losses of more than VND1.5 trillion (US$71.4 million).

The floods killed a total of 41 people in the region and injured 74 others, while five people were still missing, according to yesterday's updated report by the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control.

The Deputy PM visited and presented relief aid to families of the dead in Binh Dinh and those whose homes were destroyed by the floods. He inspected some damaged transport infrastructure and water irrigation sites.

Working with local authorities, Hai conveyed his condolences to the families of the dead, and all those affected by the floods.

He asked localities to mobilise all available forces to overcome the floods, focusing on upgrading transport infrastructure, helping locals to rebuild and repair houses, deal with environmental pollution and prevent flood-born diseases.

He acknowledged their requests to get aid to enable the local people to resume production.

People across the country and foreign friends have raised funds to help the flood victims in Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Kon Tum and Gia Lai.

Ha Noi authorities have decided to provide VND6 billion ($285,000) in aid for people in the six hardest-hit localities to help them overcome the aftermath of the floods, which have also submerged more than 420,000 houses and damaged more than 4,000 hectares of rice and crops.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation yesterday presented 400 packages of aid to victims in Quang Nam Province, each worth VND2.1 million ($100). The packages include cash and tools to help locals repair houses.

The Red Cross Association of Dong Nai province on Monday received VND623 million ($29,600) in aid from foreign direct investment enterprises.

Authorities in Binh Dinh have sent thousands of boxes of instant noodles together with milk and water for people in areas isolated by floods. The families of those killed by the floods have received VND5 million in aid from authorities.

Work has been started to repair roads damaged by the floods and treat environmental pollution.

In Quang Ngai Province, the local People's Committee has set up five teams to go to different districts and communes to assist flood victims.

Provincial military forces on Monday reached the hardest-hit communes in Tu Nghia and Mo Duc Districts to provide free health checkups and treatment for more than 1,000 people.

Free health checkups and treatment will continue in other communes over the next few days. — VNS


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