Red Cross Society to send relief aid worth 476 million VND to flood-hit people

Relief goods worth over 476 million VND (20,583 USD) are being sent to households affected by torrential rains and floods that hit the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Quang Nam, said the Vietnam Red Cross Society Central Committee on October 10.

Working groups of the Red Cross Society in Quang Binh approach the flood-hit areas and provide them with foodstuff and necessities. Source: Vietnam Red Cross Society 

As many as 250 packages of household necessities and 11 packages of water purification tablets worth over 194 million VND were sent to Quang Binh, while similar goods worth more than 130 million VND were transported to Quang Tri and goods worth 152 million VND were offered to Quang Nam.

The Red Cross Society in Quang Binh has set up many working groups to approach the flood-hit areas and provide them with foodstuff and necessities.

Since the middle of this week, the central region and some Central Highlands provinces have been hit by torrential rains, causing serious flooding. In some areas, many houses have been inundated nearly four meters under water. To date, at least nine people have died, and 11 are missing and more than 20,000 have been evacuated from their homes.

Essential necessities such as instant noodles and water filter powder are being sent to the flood-hit people in Quang Binh. Source: Vietnam Red Cross Society 

According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, Storm Linfa, the sixth to form in the East Sea this year, on the morning of October 11 made landfall in the central provinces of Quang Nam and Quang Ngai and weakened into a tropical depression.

Due to the impact of the storm, Ly Son island of the central province of Quang Ngai witnesses wind power gusting from 8 to 9 category The tropical low pressure is situated at about 15.1oN and 108.8oE, with the strongest wind power of 50-60km per hour gusting up to category.

Torrential rains are expected to hit central Vietnam until October 13, with downpour of 500-700 mm or higher in localities from Thua Thien-Hue to Quang Nam, up to 600 mm in Quang Tri and Quang Ngai, up to 500 mm in Quang Binh, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen, and up to 300 mm in the southern part of Ha Tinh as well as the northern part of the Central Highlands.

Over the next ten days, the central region should brace itself for two more tropical depressions that would bring more rains and resulting in more flooding. By the end of this year, around from four to six tropical depressions or storms are forecast to form in the East Sea and at least two would make landfall in Vietnam, meteorologists have said.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control requested ministries, sectors and localities to proactively carry out measures in response to heavy. It also asked media agencies to continue stepping up information regarding disaster prevention and damage mitigation.

Phuong Minh