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Help pouring in for flood-relief efforts in central Vietnam

October 29, 2020 | 07:06

In recent days, severe storms have led to landslides and flash floods causing death and destruction across the centre of Vietnam. Organisations around the world has joined relief efforts and send donations to disaster victims to help them to overcome the havoc.

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Authorities in central Vietnam have closed all beaches in the region, told students to remain home, and instructed locals to move their belongings to safe areas and use sandbags to protect their homes, as part of efforts to prepare for the arrival of Typhoon Molave. Photo: VGP

More than 130 people have been killed and over 1.3 million directly affected after weeks of unusually heavy rainfall hit central Vietnam since early October. The rains triggered the worst floods and landslides to hit the country in the last 20 years. Following the disaster, more than 290,000 houses were flooded, leaving many displaced. The floodwaters have also left large swathes of agricultural land inundated and livestock killed, significantly affecting the livelihoods of peope in this predominantly agricultural country.

In response to the widespread floods that have hit many parts of the central provinces of Vietnam recently, the European Union has announced a funding commitment of up to EUR 1.3 million (over USD 1.5 million) to provide critical humanitarian assistance to families affected by severe flooding, which has wreaked havoc across large parts of central Vietnam since the beginning of October. The aid will focus on addressing the urgent needs of the most affected people in the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue provinces.

“This contribution underlines our solidarity with the people of Vietnam, many of whom have suffered the loss of homes, livelihoods and belongings in the wake of the devastating floods,” said Olivier Brouant, who oversees the EU’s humanitarian response in the Mekong region. “The EU funding will support our humanitarian partners in delivering life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable, ensuring they have enough means to go through this difficult time.”

The funding, which is part of the EU’s Acute Large Emergency Response Tool (ALERT), will support the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Save the Children and World Vision in delivering much-needed assistance to those most in need.

This includes the distribution of hygiene kits and other essential relief items while ensuring access to drinking water, sanitation facilities and the promotion of good hygiene practices. Cash transfers will also be provided, allowing people to buy food or items of their choice. Special attention will be placed on the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, including female-headed households and people with disabilities.

In an announcement in its Facebook fanpage, the Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam extended its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Vietnam for the loss of life and devastation caused by the recent floods in central Vietnam.

The Government of Ireland has decided to provide initial grants of EUR 260,000 (approximately USD 300.000) to address the immediate humanitarian needs of vulnerable communities in affected areas in Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces. The funding is being channelled through Plan International Vietnam and Project RENEW.

Meanwhile, according to an announcement of German Embassy in Hanoi, Caritas Internationalis - international confederation of Roman Catholic charitable organizations and international groups - has pledged EUR 40,000 (over 47.000) in aid to Vietnamese flood victims.

Help pouring in for flood relief efforts in central Vietnam
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has presented an emergency aid package worth USD 20,000 to the Vietnam Women’s Union. Photo: KOICA

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has presented an emergency aid package worth USD 20,000, from the KOICA Club Vietnam fund, to the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) to help disadvantaged groups affected by the recent floods in the central region.

Beneficiaries will be women, disabled children, and the elderly in flood-hit areas in central Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Quang Nam provinces and north-central Ha Tinh province.The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on October 26 has presented an emergency aid package worth USD 20,000, from the KOICA Club Vietnam fund, to the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) to help disadvantaged groups affected by the recent floods in the central region.

The relief includes toiletries, rescue equipment, and essentials.

Other international organisations such as the UN Development Programme, UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) also joined hands to support people in flood-hit areas and help them stabilise their lives./.

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