Over USD 11 million cash and donations in kind sent to central region

USD 11.4 million has been donated to the Vietnam Fatherland Fronts at all levels over the past two weeks in support of people affected by the recent record flooding in the central region.

A member of the Quang Tri provincial Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union presents aid to flood victims in Huong Hoa province. Photo: VNA

Floods and landslides in the central region claimed 130 lives as of October 25 and 18 others are still missing.

On October 27, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man received 10 billion VND from Labour Hero and President of the Vietnam Veterans’ Business Association (VVBA) Le Van Kiem.

Through the VFF Central Committee, Kiem also handed over 36 saving books worth 1.8 billion VND in total to families of officers and soldiers who died performing duty during the flooding.

On this occasion, the VFF also received 800 water purifiers worth 500 million VND from the Defence Ministry and 200 million VND from the Communist Review.

Man affirmed that the VFF Central Committee will coordinate with local authorities and VFF local committees to allocate the money and objects to right addresses.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to provide 6,500 tonnes of rice from the national reserve for four central provinces to assist people affected by the recent flooding.

Under Decision 1676/QD-TTg, Quang Binh will receive 2,500 tonnes of rice, Quang Tri 2,000 tonnes, and Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam each 1,000 tonnes.

Since October 6, downpours brought by storms Linfa and Nangka caused record flooding and serious landslides on a wide scale in the central region. As of October 25, the death toll during the disaster reached 130, with 18 still missing. Some 7 million people have been affected.

Meanwhile,  Typhoon Molave has slammed into Quang Ngai province, central Vietnam, by noon October 28, causing huge damage to the locality.

According to Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, who is inspecting storm prevention and control in the central region, told the media, strong winds have brought down many big trees and ripped roofs off 447 houses in Quang Ngai.

Residents of 145 communes in Quang Ngai have lived without electricity since early in the morning, he said, adding the local power company was ordered to stop providing power for safety reasons.   

Rain is continuing to fall heavily in the locality, measuring up to 400mm, while high tidal surges are reported at Cua Dai beach.

Quang Nam province has decided to stop providing electricity for consumers for safety reasons. The province has evacuated nearly 89,000 residents to storm shelters before Molave approached the shore.

Phuong Minh