HCM City chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha offers prayers to flood victims

The Buddhist Culture Division under the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Ho Chi Minh City held a candle-lit ceremony on November 3 to pray for flood victims in central region and express sympathy over losses due to natural disasters.

The HCM City chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha held a pray ceremony on November 3 to share losses facing people in central Vietnam. Photo: VNA

People nationwide are offering more material and spiritual support for compatriots in the central region ravaged recently by storms and flooding.

The HCM City chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha held a pray ceremony on November 3 to share losses facing people in central Vietnam.

Participating Buddhists donated 5 billion VND (about 215,000 USD) and handed over the aid to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of District 12.

Over recent days, the local chapter of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and followers have engaged in a number of activities to help those affected, including trips to central provinces to present relief.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Hanoi chapter continues to receive donations for flood victims, and has receivedover VND59 billion in the third phase of donations from October 13 until now.

In the central province of Thanh Hoa, the VFF Committee has received nearly 12 billion VND from local agencies and localities for flood victims in the two weeks since a fund-raising campaign was launched, Standing Vice President of the committee Ha Van Thuy said on November 4.

He said provincial authorities have sent delegations to flood-hit provinces to deliver sympathy and aid, including 2 billion VND for Quang Nam and 500 million VND for Nghe An.

Since late September, 235 people in the central region have been listed as dead or missing from storms and floods, which have also caused estimated economic losses of about 17 trillion VND. Photo: VNA

The Thanh Hoa VFF Committee has received considerable donations from local organisations and businesses, Thuy noted, adding that it is still calling for more help.

Meanwhile, an exhibition of nearly 60 graphic artworks opened at the Fine Arts Museum of Da Nang on November 3, with all funds collected from selling pieces to be donated to flood victims.

 Vietnamese in the Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine have offered support for flood victims in the central region. The Vietnamese association in the Czech Republic handed over more than VND 1.6 billion to seven central localities.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese community in Poland raised over VND 1.3 billion during a campaign to help affected people in overcoming flood consequences.

The Embassy of Vietnam in Ukraine joined hands with Vietnamese associations in the country to launch a fundraising campaign to support flood-hit residents. Nearly USD 17,430 was raised after 11 days of the campaign.

Thu Pham