A ceremony to gift USD 100,000 by the Vietnamese government to support families whose loved ones were lost in tornadoes in Kentucky (USA) in December 2021 was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters on the afternoon of January 5.
Speaking at the awarding ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung expressed his condolences for the loss and pain that the American citizens had to endure due to natural disasters, according to a government statement today.
The Deputy Minister emphasized the spirit of friendship, cooperation and mutual support to overcome difficulties between Vietnam and the US, especially during the raging Covid-19 pandemic.
Marie Damour, Interim Chargé d'affaires of the US Embassy in Vietnam thanked Vietnam for the opportune and active support, and expressed her wish that the two countries' relations would continue to develop, including cooperation between the Red Cross Associations of the two countries.
|Wishing that good bilateral relations between the two countries would continue to develop, including the effective cooperation between the Red Cross Associations of the two countries.- Marie Damour, Interim Chargé d'affaires of the US Embassy in Vietnam. Photo: US Embassy VN |
Five US states recorded at least 90 deaths after a tornado swept last month, of which Kentucky suffered the heaviest loss of life with 77 deaths. The remaining four affected states include Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on December 12, 2021, sent condolences to US President Joe Biden for the tornado tragedy that swept the country.
|Photo: US Embassy in Vietnam |
Attending the ceremony were representatives of leaders of the Vietnam Red Cross Society, the United States Agency for International Development in Vietnam and the American Red Cross Society in Vietnam.
"The United States is deeply grateful to the Government of Vietnam and the Red Cross of Vietnam for its donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross, in support of those affected by deadly tornadoes in Kentucky. This is reflective of the deep connection between the people of the United States and the people of Vietnam – which is the foundation of our partnership," said the U.S Embassy in Vietnam.
|Photo: US Embassy in Vietnam |
At least six states (Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee) were hit by tornadoes late on December 10 and early on December 11, 2021, according to information from the US National Weather Service. The tornado left a trail of devastation across six states and killed at least 92 people. The state of Kentucky was the most severely hit by the tornadoes.
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