Overseas Vietnamese in Laos raise fund for disaster victims
(VNF) - The Overseas Vietnamese Association in Vientiane on September 24 joined hand with the Vietnamese Embassy in Laos to launch a fund-raising campaign to support victims of natural disasters in the two countries.
Minister Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy Nguyen Thanh Tung hailed the sympathy of overseas Vietnamese for the homeland and their host country. (source: NDO)
The campaign has received great supports from the Vietnamese community in Vientiane, embassy staff and Vietnamese businesses in Laos.
After two hours launching the campaign, USD15,550 was collected.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Counsellor of the Vietnamese Embassy Nguyen Thanh Tung hailed the sympathy of overseas Vietnamese for the homeland and their host country.
According to Tung, the Embassy will transfer half of the donated money to the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front to be used in post disaster relief program for the victim of the Doksuri typhoon. Meanwhile, the other half will be handed to the Ministry of Labours and Social Welfare of Laos to support Laotian people who were affected by the Sonca storm.
Overseas Vietnamese in Vientiane raise funds to support disaster victims (source: Vietnam +)
Kieu Van Minh, a Vietnamese living in Vientiane city, said charitable activity like raising fund for the needy reflects the loving and supportive spirit of Vietnamese community in Laos toward homeland, especially in difficult times.
Doksuri typhoon, the strongest one hitting Vietnam in many years, while swept through central Vietnam in mid-September claimed nine lives and leaving four missing and 112 injured. Total losses were estimated at about USD 385 million.
Meanwhile, typhoon Sonca in early August caused flooding and landslides in 14 Lao provinces killing 10 people and resulting in asset losses of around 7 million USD./.
( VNF )