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Thousands live in danger of floods

Update: September, 30/2015 - 08:51
Twenty five households in Za Hung Commune, Dong Giang District of the central province of Quang Nam are still living in danger of flooding. — Photo baoquangnam.com.vn

QUANG NAM (VNS) — Thousands of households in the central province of Quang Nam are still living in danger of flooding. This is despite government programmes to build flood and storm protected houses, in place since 2014.

The provincial People's Committee plans to help more than 3,560 households living in disaster prone areas build solid houses to protect against storms and floods.

Each household will receive a grant of VND12-16 million (US$533-711) and loans up to VND15 million ($667) from the Social Policy Bank.

However, many households have not started building work, the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported yesterday.

In Tam Ky City, at least 30 households had been approved to receive money, but no households had started building due to a lack of support, the report said.

Nguyen Thanh Lam, chairman of Tam Thanh commune, said many households had refused to receive the grant because it was not enough to build a solid house and they would not be able to pay their debt if they take a loan.

Similarly, only three of over 100 eligible households received money in Hoi An city worth VND30 million ($1,330).

Head of the Depart-ment of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Hoi An City, Le Viet Phuc, said most poor households were unable to build a new house with the support available.

It is estimated that a minimum of VND60 million ($2,700) is needed to build a new house but State support and bank loans only amount to VND30 million, according to poor households in Nong Son District's Que Trung Commune.

A survey found about 67 out of 702 households in Nong Son district have been approved to receive funding this year.

Local authorities said that only a few households would build new houses with low support, so they are mainly helping them to repair and upgrade their houses.

A disaster prevention programme has been running in Dai Loc district's Dai Lanh commune since 2013, helping residents build safer houses.

However, many households remain in debt as they invested VND30-50 million ($1,330-$2,220) in building their houses.

Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, Dinh Van Thu, said the province would offer more funding besides State grants and loans.

The province would also mobilise additional capital from the Fund for the Poor to help poor people to build houses, he said.

The Social Policy Bank is guiding bank branches at districts and cities to create good conditions for borrowers and quickly expedite loan procedures. — VNS

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