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VN Red Cross announces 2018 disaster prevention plan

Update: May, 07/2018 - 18:00
Red Cross staffs provide emergency aid to flood victims in Phú Yên Province. — Photo courtesy of Việt Nam Red Cross
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam Red Cross (VNRC) Society has preserved VNĐ102 billion (US$4.53 million), including money and goods, to prepare for the 2018 natural disaster prevention season.

The goods include daily essential tools, house tools, tents, mobile toilets, Aquatabs water purification tablets, water purification tools and water tanks. 

VNRC presented its disaster prevention agenda at a pre-disaster meeting and workshop on the introduction of new models of provincial disaster response teams in Hà Nội today. 

VNRC chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Xuân Thu said the organisation would deploy a safety community model and transfer the community-based natural disaster risk management model to provincial and city authorities nationwide to help localities improve disaster prevention and response activities in 2018.

VNRC will also provide instructions relating to humanitarian aid, community action for disaster response, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, climate change, training documents on disaster management as well as response to local authorities.

According to VNRC, the organisation had provided nearly VNĐ234 billion ($10.4 million) for disaster prevention and response activities in 2017, benefiting more than 578,400 disaster victims. It also carried out 20 disaster prevention and response projects, including 10 immediate release programmes and 10 prevention and response ones, worth more than VNĐ100 billion ($4.44 million) nationwide. 

In 2017 alone, the organisation had provided more than VNĐ82.2 billion ($3.65 million) to help 33,630 families affected by Damrey typhoon in the provinces of Khánh Hòa, Phú Yên, Bình Định, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Thừa Thiên-Huế and Đắk Lắk.

Foreign and international Red Cross societies— and organisations funded projects also provided essential goods to more than 21,400 households while donating family tool boxes to 7,100 households and water purification tools to 1,500 families. Nearly 4,000 families were assisted to repair houses, and almost 1,400 received livelihood supports. — VNS


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