Government distributes emergency aid to flood-hit localities

VOV.VN - The Government has decided to provide emergency aid worth VND500 billion to five provinces in central Vietnam which have been the hardest hit during the recent spell of flooding.

The scheme will see Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Nam receive VND100 billion each in order to support local people and ensure social security, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh during a fact-finding tour of Quang Tri province on October 22.

The Government will also provide each of the central provinces which have been badly affected by the floods with 1,000 tonnes of rice, medicine, and disinfectants, Deputy PM Binh added.

He went on to note the flooding situation in Huong Hoa and Da Krong districts of Quang Tri province where major infrastructure facilities have been severely damaged, means of transport have been disrupted, and local people face difficulty with their daily lives.

The Government has decided to offer an additional VND40 billion to the two districts in an effort to help them overcome the aftermath of the flooding and offer local people the chance to stabilise their lives, Deputy PM Binh announced.

According to Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, who is also on a fact-finding tour of the central region, floodwaters have started to recede and efforts should now focus on providing aid to flood victims from Quang Nam to Ha Tinh provinces.

The Ministry will send a contingent of experts to flood-hit areas in order to help local people restore agricultural production and animal husbandry, Minister Cuong said.

Deputy Minister of National Defence, Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem said his Ministry will immediately work alongside the Ministry of Transport to clear mud and soil to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, especially on national highways. 

Heavy rain, flashfloods, and landslides have so far left 111 dead with a further 28 missing. In addition, approximately 7,500ha of rice have been left submerged, and 6,000 animals have been washed away by floodwaters.