Government adds $29 mln to aid for flood-hit central region

By Viet Tuan   November 26, 2020 | 12:00 am PT
Government adds $29 mln to aid for flood-hit central region
Duong Quang Doi, 74, stands by what used to be his house and furniture in Quang Binh Province, after the floods have gone, October 26, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
The government has added VND670 billion ($29 million) to the aid it is offering central provinces hit by the historic flooding and deadly landslides last month.

An extra VND50 billion each will go to Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Thua Thien-Hue, VND70 billion to Quang Tri and Binh Dinh, VND130 billion to Quang Nam, and VND150 billion to Quang Ngai.

Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands will get VND50 billion.

The money will be used to continue the search for those listed as missing in floods and landslides, rebuild houses, healthcare facilities, schools, and embankments and resume agriculture.

Each province will have to report their losses to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and the agriculture and health ministries to get money for particular needs.

In October the government had announced it would grant VND100 billion each to the five central provinces worst hit by flooding, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Nam.

It also provided each with 1,000 tons of rice, medicines and disinfectants.

Through October the entire central region and parts of the Central Highlands were hit by a series of storms that triggered torrential downpours, resulting in severe flooding and landslides, which caused losses worth VND17 trillion ($734.67 million).

At least 235 people were killed or reported missing.

Several countries and international organizations have also pledged aid.

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