Relief aid provided for flood-hit disabled residents in Thua Thien Hue

Daily necessities and food, were handed over to 160 families of disabled people in Phu Vang district (Thua Thien Hue province) – one of the localities hardest hit by the recent floods.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Action for the Community Development Centre (ACDC) on November 23 provide relief aid for people with disabilities who have been affected by floods in Thua Thien-Hue.

According to the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs, the province is home to a disabled community of more than 34,600 people, including nearly 4,600 children – some 22,100 of whom have already come under social welfare policies.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Action for the Community Development Centre (ACDC) - a disability rights advocacy organization, on November 23 coordinated to provide relief aid for people with disabilities who have been affected by floods in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, VNA reported.

The gifts, including daily necessities and food, were handed over to 160 families of disabled people in Phu Vang district.

Representatives of the USAID and the ACDC also visited 35 disabled people who are in especially difficult circumstances and severely affected by the natural disasters.

ACDC Director Nguyen Lan Anh noted, her centre and the USAID are scheduled to present 650 gift packages to families of disabled people in Phong Dien, Quang Dien and Phu Vang districts, and Huong Tra town from November 23-26.

They will also help two local schools where disabled students are studying with textbooks and other learning equipment on November 27.

In 2019, Thua Thien-Hue benefited from a non-refundable aid project worth nearly VND 6 billion (USD 258,000) that aims to increase opportunities and improve the role of people with disabilities during the 2018-2021 period, with funding from the USAID via the ACDC.

Natural disasters have claimed 280 lives and caused a total loss of approximately 29.9 trillion VND (close to 1.29 billion USD) to Vietnam since the beginning of this year, according to the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

The country has so far recorded 13 typhoons entering the East Sea, 114 flash floods and landslides, 86 earthquakes and 264 thunderstorms and whirlwinds while drought, saltwater intrusion and river and coastal erosion have wreaked havoc across the Mekong Delta provinces.

The natural disasters also injured 856 people and left 66 others unaccounted for. Torrential rains, floods and landslides collapsed over 3,420 houses, damaged over 327,700 and submerged nearly 509,800 others, affecting livelihoods of millions of people.

Typhoon Vamco, the 13th storm to enter the East Sea this year, has so far caused 24 people in central Vietnam to suffer injuries, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority reported.

Seven houses collapsed and more than 7,500 others were damaged or had their roofs blown away. The tropical storm also sank and destroyed 27 vessels and eroded close to 39km of riverbank and sea dykes.

The storm made landfall in the central region on November 15 morning, and weakened into a tropical depression after hitting Thua Thien-Hue province.

Persons with disabilities are especially vulnerable when disaster strikes not only due to aspects of their disabilities, but also because they are more likely, on average, to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities, including higher poverty rates.

Mai Nguyen