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NGOs help flood victims in Dong Thap

Update: March, 07/2012 - 12:11

HA NOI--Nearly 5,000 needy people in southern Dong Thap Province yesterday received supplies from NGOs in Viet Nam to help them recover from the serious flooding last September.

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and Save the Children have offered their support to households in the flooded districts of Tan Hong, Hong Ngu and Tam Nong, with the aid of the provincial Women's Union.

The amount of gifts and cash totalled VND3.5 billion (US$170,000) and included water refineries, water containers, food and sanitation kits. In addition, 1,400 households received VND1 million in cash each to help them start making a livelihood.

The needy group comprises both flood victims who have been temporarily housed in bamboo shelters and poor families who have lost their arable land.

The sponsors prioritised pregnant women, children, the elderly and the disabled.

This was the second time NGOs helped needy people in Dong Thap, where flooding last year destroyed 55 houses and damages were estimated at tens of billions of dong. – VNS

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