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UN provides extra $4m for flood relief

Update: November, 29/2017 - 08:53
The United Nations has approved an additional allocation of US$4.21 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to assist 150,000 people, including 46,973 children, in six provinces affected by the devastating Typhoon Damrey.— Photo thanhnien.vn

HÀ NỘI — The United Nations has approved an additional allocation of US$4.21 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to assist 150,000 people, including 46,973 children, in six provinces affected by the devastating Typhoon Damrey.

Earlier, an emergency cash grant of US$100,000 was made from the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to support immediate relief operations.

The additional funding will allow UN agencies to scale up water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and emergency shelter recovery after more than 300,000 houses were damaged or destroyed.

“The UN funds will cover immediate life-saving needs and support time-critical interventions over the next six months,” said Kamal Malhotra, UN resident co-ordinator in Việt Nam.

The funding will allow four UN agencies - FAO, IOM, UNDP and UNICEF - to meet the most urgent needs of affected communities. The agencies will use the funding to provide people whose homes have been damaged with shelter materials and cash grants to make repairs, provide water filtration systems and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of diseases; and unconditional cash transfers and vouchers to compensate for the loss of livelihoods and to procure agricultural supplies.

Typhoon Damrey made landfall on November 4, causing widespread flooding and destruction across the central and south-central regions of Việt Nam. An estimated 4.33 million people have been affected, including 400,000 people who require humanitarian assistance. — VNS

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