|The flood-resistant house of a poor family in the central Phu Yen province. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — Nearly 4,500 poor households in the storm-prone areas of the central regions have completed their flood-resistant houses thanks to the funding supported by the Government.
This was revealed after the Ministry of Construction submitted statistics to the prime minister who had asked for a report on the three-year (2014-2016) project to build flood-resistant homes for poor families in central regions, according to Decision No 48/2014/QD-TTg dated August 28, 2014 of the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
According to the project, the residents in the 14 central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh, in addition to Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue, would be added. The other provinces that would benefit from the project would be Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh, apart from Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan.
The programme, established in 2014, has mobilised total funding of more than VND447 billion (US$19.8 million), of which VND233 billion ($10.3 million) came from the central budget, over VND12 billion ($530,000) came from the local budget, and VND132 billion ($5.8 million) came from a preferential loan from the Bank for Social Policy, while the other VND69 billion ($3 million) came from other sources.
An inspection by the ministry has shown that all the qualified storm-resistant houses completed have their ground floor's height exceeding the highest level of floodwaters.
The houses, which account for 17 per cent of the targeted number of homes planned, also have firm foundations, frames, walls and roofs, with a minimum area of 15-square metres. Most of them cost VND30-40 million ($1,300-1,760) to construct. Some households were even provided more money to build larger houses worth VND50-60 million ($2,200-2,640).
Many localities have suggested to the government that they widen the project's list of beneficiaries so that more poor families could benefit. As a result, 28,132 households have been on the list, an increase of 2,315 families compared with the initial plan.
The families, during the constructing of their houses, all consulted the model designed by the Provinces' Department of Construction. Most of the newly-built houses are next to the old ones, while some are built apart but still ensure convenience to shift when floods occur. — VNS