The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) Central Committee said on August 7 that in the next few days, it will provide 250 packages of family basics and two canvas tents for those displaced by floods.
Bereaved families will receive a financial support of VND3 million (US$135) for each dead person, the committee said, adding that its initial aid totals some VND100 million (US$4,500).
To cope with emergencies, the VRC chapter in Lao Cai province has mobilised local volunteers to help residents evacuate, clean houses and build makeshift tents after floods. They also offered money, fundamental goods and clothes to the influenced people.
Floods from the night of August 4 until the next morning in Lao Cai claimed three lives and injured five others. Seven people are still missing.
While more than 20 houses were washed away or buried in earth and rocks, 450 houses were inundated. Total damage is estimated at some VND200 billion (US$9 million), according to the province’s steering board for natural disaster prevention, search and rescue.