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Norway sends Viet Nam VND16bn for disaster relief

Update: October, 08/2015 - 18:16
Local people in the south central Phu Yen Province joined in a disaster response drill, as part of the first phase of the Disaster Risk Reduction Project in 2010-14 period. Photo courtesy of Norway Red Cross

HA NOI (VNS) — Norway will spend as much as VND16 billion (US$720,800) to help over 33,000 people across Viet Nam fight natural disasters.

The budget targeting the northern provinces of Ha Giang and Lao Cai and the central Nghe An Province is financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Red Cross.

The fund will enable the Viet Nam Red Cross to implement the second phase of the Disaster Risk Reduction Project 2015-17, following the first one (2010-14), to provide knowledge, skills and facilities for 17 disaster-prone communes in the three provinces.

The selected communes have a high level of poverty, ethnic minority populations and vulnerability to disasters. The beneficiaries include local authorities, Red Cross staff and community members.

During three years from 2015 to 2017, 1,200 local authorities at commune and village levels, local Red Cross staff and teachers will be provided with technical trainings in vulnerability capacity assessment (VCAs), community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM), climate change adaptation (CCA), Water, Waste and Sanitation (WATSAN) and many other topics.

Public education for disaster risk reduction (DRR) will be disseminated to 17,000 villagers and 10,000 teachers and students.

About 5,000 people will benefit from the project support for family toilets, water facilities, livelihood and relocation. Public mitigation infrastructure as well as equipment and facilities for disaster preparedness and response will also be provided for the target communities.

The project is expected to further contribute to development of the government's "Community awareness and community-based disaster risk management" programme approved by the prime minister in Decision No 1002/QD-TTg dated July 13, 2009.

The first phase of the project was implemented by the Viet Nam Red Cross in 34 communes of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Lao Cai provinces from 2010 to 2014, with total budget of VND37.5 billion (nearly $1.7 million) and 100,000 people were benefitted.

The Climate Risk Index by Germanwatch revealed that over the next 30 years, Viet Nam will be one of the 30 "extreme risk" countries, most vulnerable to disasters and climate change.

Consequences caused by disasters are huge obstacles against poverty reduction efforts, socio-economic development and therefore slow down the sustainable development of the country. — VNS

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