|Houses in Phong Binh Commune in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue's Phong Dien District were submerged during a recent flood. Thousands of families in the central region will be helped to build flood-proof houses under the programme. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
HA NOI (VNS) — As many as 40,000 families in central provinces will receive financial assistance to build flood-proof houses under a Ministry of Construction proposal approved by the Government on Thursday.
"Solid houses and other facilities must be built in flood-prone areas," Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tran Nam told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
To qualify for the assistance, households must be located in flood-prone, remote villages in the provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan, as well as the city of Da Nang.
The programme will help 15,000 poor families in 2014 with a total of VND156 billion (US$7.4 million) from the State budget. Another 25,000 households will receive support in 2015.
Each household will receive VND10 million (about $500) each, while families living in remote areas that face great difficulties will receive VND12 million (nearly $600) each. They will also be able to apply for preferential loans of up to VND15 million ($700) from social policy banks.
The project costs about VND1 trillion (nearly $48 million), much less than the cost of dealing with the aftermath of floods, Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam pointed out. Recently, the Government gave VND2 trillion (over $95 million) in flood relief funds to four central provinces.
Under a pilot project in 2012, 700 flood-resistant houses were built in 14 communes of seven central provinces. They have remained solid despite recent floods, the deputy minister said. — VNS