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Son La asks for aid to fix flood damage

Update: August, 19/2015 - 09:21
Farmers use corn plants to feed animal in Son La Province. The province is asking for funds from the State budget to restore infrastructure destroyed by floods that lasted from late June into early this month. — Photo baotintuc.vn

SON LA (VNS) — Son La Province is asking for funds from the State budget to restore infrastructure destroyed by floods that lasted from late June into early this month.

Chief of the provincial Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Rescue, Lai Van Minh, said it suffered huge losses of life and property but that the provincial budget only had enough for temporary restorations.

"We help clear roads, tidy up people's houses, and provide monetary assistance to families that suffered casualties and/or had their homes completely swept away," he said.

Minh said that Son La authorities estimated that they would need VND100 billion (US$4.6 million) from the State to restore infrastructure.

The province is asking the Government and several ministries to cover the cost of agricultural projects that will help local people quickly stabilise and get production back up.

The steering committee reported its provincial budget, which has so far given over VND106 million ($4,800) in assistance to families with casualties. The Red Cross, enterprises and State offices have also contributed money to needy families.

School buildings were hit hard and required immediate attention, with many classrooms unroofed, and school gates and walls collapsed.

Several classrooms and teachers' houses at the Xuan Nha Commune's primary school in Van Ho District are without roofs. The school suffered an estimated VND200 million in damage.

Principal Dang Trong Nam said, "we have no funds to repair damaged rooms but the new school-year is due to begin in half a month."

Farms also suffered considerably. The Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Rescue assessed the floods' devastation to crops and farm production.

All the maize fields in Hat Lot Township, Mai Son District were destroyed, and many sugarcane fields are still waterlogged, threatening autumn harvests.

Maize farmer Truong Thi Hanh said her family's 0.5ha area was waterlogged and suffered VND20 million in damage. "Five members of my family live in maize areas. I submitted an application for a grant to help fix the farm but there is still no feedback," she said.

Son La Province People's Committee reported that the storms in late June and the resultant floods left 12 dead and hundreds of homes collapsed.

The loss of property, crops and domestic animals is valued at a total VND135 billion. — VNS

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