|Houses are submerged in Lệ Thủy District in central Quảng Bình Province due to severe flooding last month. — VNA/VNS Photo Thành Đạt|
HÀ NỘI — The United Nations Resident Coordinator and the Country Director of Save the Children on behalf of the Disaster Management Group have issued the 2020 Việt Nam flood response plan to raise US$40 million to provide assistance for 177,000 of the most vulnerable flood-affected people in the central region.
The plan covers six months to address immediate humanitarian needs and carry out several recovery activities.
UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra said the UN, humanitarian assistance partners and the Red Cross are meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people in flood-affected areas. Conducted by the Government, UN agencies and foreign non-governmental organisations, a joint assessment in the five most affected provinces, namely Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Nam and Quảng Ngãi, identified the need to provide multi-sectoral assistance for 177,000 of the most vulnerable people in affected areas.
An estimated 153,000 children are also at risk of discontinued learning due to damaged schools and in need for emergency education supplies, including hygiene supplies and learning equipment. Humanitarian support is also required in evacuation sites that currently do not have enough supplies to meet basic needs, including access to clean water and sanitation facilities, putting people at risk of sickness and disease.
According to the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control, floods have so far left 119 dead, 21 missing and hundreds of others injured, including 36 officers and soldiers who lost their lives while supporting people hit by flooding in Thừa Thiên-Huế and Quảng Trị. — VNS