|In photos: Thousands of houses in Thua Thien Hue inundated in water|
|Vietnam Ministry of Health to send 4 mil water purification tablets to floodplains|
|Flood in Central Vietnam: 160,000 houses in Central Vietnam inundated in record high flood water|
|Relief goods including plastic sheets, water purifiers sent by JICA by air from a warehouse in Singapore arrived at Da Nang Airport on October 17 and the handover ceremony was held at the warehouse area of Da Nang Airport on October 19. Source: JICA|
The death toll during the recent severe flooding caused by torrential rains in the central region reached 106 as of 5 pm on October 20, while 27 others were missing, reported Vietnam News Agency, citing the Office of the Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
According to the committee, over 7,200 ha of food crops were submerged and damaged.
More than 691,000 cattle and poultry were dead or swept away in floodwaters.
At the same time, 16 national highways and 161,880 m of local roads in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces were damaged.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has already provided Thua Thien-Hue Province with 50 water purifiers and 250 plastic sheets.
This was part of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's commitment to provide immediate disaster relief for Vietnam to cope with the recent flooding in the central region.
The first batch of JICA’s aid arrived at the Da Nang Airport on October 19.
|The first batch of JICA’s aid arrived at the Da Nang Airport on October 19. Source: JICA|
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) has sent aid to the two Vietnamese provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri hit by flooding that has caused loss of life and property.
The assistance includes 500 home-repair tool kits and 650 cooking sets for each locality.
The goods have been flown from ASEAN’s warehouse in Malaysia and will be handed over at Da Nang International Airport in the central city of the same name on the morning of October 21.
The National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue is working with its chapters in the two provinces to quickly distribute the aid.
The United Nations Development Program and Save the Children Vietnam have pledged or mobilized USD 100,000 each towards helping central Vietnam deal with the historic flooding.
According to Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Vietnam Andrew Jeffries, three expert groups from the Disaster Risk Reduction Partnership (DRRP) will tour the five cities and provinces of Da Nang, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Nam from October 20 to 23 to survey and assess damage and then develop plans to help those affected.
|World Vision Vietnam conductes emergency relief to flooded communes in Hai Lang and Da Krong districts of Quang Tri province. Source: World Vision Vietnam|
|Dr Kidong Park, WHO Representative in Vietnam, hands over more than 300,000 water purification tablets to Dr Nguyen Cong Sinh. Source: WHO|
World Health Organization (WHO) also joined hands to support the ongoing response to flooding in Central Vietnam. Part of this assistance is the distribution of water purification tablets to the most affected provinces. When applied, these tablets kill microorganisms in water, preventing water-borne diseases like cholera, typhoid, dysentery, etc.
Dr Kidong Park, WHO Representative in Vietnam, has handed over more than 300,000 water purification tablets to Dr Nguyen Cong Sinh, head of the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster and Search and Rescue at the Ministry of Health. These tablets will be distributed to the health authorities of six most affected provinces in Central Vietnam.
Last Saturday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also provided USD 100,000 to the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC) for addressing the needs of vulnerable communities in areas most affected by tropical storm Linfa, the sixth storm tropical storm to hit Vietnam in 2020 that made landfall on October 11./.
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