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Red Cross appeals for aid for drought-hit people

Update: March, 18/2016 - 00:00
Affected trees on a hill in the Central Highland region. The Việt Nam Red Cross Society has appealed for donations for people affected by drought and salt intrusion in the Central, Central Highland and Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta regions. – VNA/VNS Photo vietnam.vnanet.vn

HÀ NỘI (VNS) — The Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) today appealed for donations for victims of severe drought and salt intrusion in the Central, Central Highland and Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta regions.

“We call upon our members and the whole community to help residents in the areas hit by the recent drought and salt intrusion in the country,” VNRC President Nguyễn Thị Xuân Thu said.

Thu said 43 of 63 provinces and cities nationwide had been declared to be affected by drought and salt intrusion. As a result, more than 900,000 people face clean water shortage, especially in the Central, Central Highland and Mekong Delta regions.

The VNRC has already released more than VND4.2 billion (US$188,000) as emergency aid to help the affected families in 11 provinces of the Central, Central Highland and Mekong Delta regions.

As part of the aid, clean water supply, plastic water tanks and Aquatabs water purification tablets will be distributed to 11,000 households in Bến Tre, Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng and Cà Mau, besides Kiên Giang, Trà Vinh, Tiền Giang and Long An, in addition to Gia Lai, Bình Thuận and Ninh Thuận provinces.

The campaign will run till the end of August this year. — VNS

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