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PM releases $9.8 million as flood aid

Update: October, 23/2015 - 16:39
Military forces join in search and rescue work after torrential rains in Quang Ninh Province. Quang Ninh has so far reported 42 deaths, 340 houses being washed away, 1,688 house collapses and 17,000ha of paddy being destroyed, beside 6,600ha of flowers being damaged. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyet

HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has released VND220 billion (US$9.8 million) as relief from the State budget to help nine provinces hit by severe floods in late July this year.

Under a prime ministerial decision, the northern Quang Ninh Province, which was hit the hardest, will receive VND100 billion ($4.4 million) in aid. 

Lang Son, Dien Bien, Ha Giang and Son La, as well as Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong and Thanh Hoa provinces, which were also hit by heavy rains and floods, will receive VND10 billion to VND20 billion ($440,000 to $880,000) each, depending on their estimated damage.

The PM said local people's committees should utilise provincial reserves and other resources for the recovery effort, such as to provide farmers and fishermen in the flood-hit areas new seeds, livestock and fisheries.

The ministries of finance and agriculture and rural development (MARD) will also support the localities as per regulations.

The labour, invalids and social affairs ministry and MARD will support families in which siblings have been reported dead or missing or whose houses have collapsed. Food and medicines must also be provided to the affected people.

The transport ministry will take charge of the recovery efforts in landslide-hit areas and fix traffic congestion.

Between July 24 and August 6, low pressure areas and convective thunderstorms caused torrential rains over a vast area covering northern cities and provinces.

Quang Ninh has so far reported 42 deaths, 340 houses being washed away, 1,688 house collapses and 17,000ha of paddy being destroyed, beside 6,600ha of flowers being damaged. The total losses in the province are estimated at VND4.6 trillion ($204.4 million). — VNS


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