Australia helps flood victims in central Vietnam
Australia will contribute AUD $200,000 to the Emergency Appeal of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help flood victims in central Vietnam.
Heavy rains from early to mid October 2010 have caused serious floods in five provinces in central Vietnam from Quang Binh to Thua Thien Hue. The latest report from the Government shows that the flash floods have killed at least 120 people, more than 266,000 houses has been submerged and 199 houses have collapsed. This has forced the evacuation of 14,395 families to safer places.
Vietnam Red Cross provincial chapters have been providing assistance since the beginning of the flooding in early October. However, additional support is needed in order to extend this assistance as the flooding continues.
Australia’s contribution will support the Vietnam Red Cross to continue its efforts in the provision of emergency relief, including the distribution of safe drinking water, blankets, mosquito nets, food and other essential items that are needed by families affected by the floods.
“Australia recognizes the important work of the Vietnam Red Cross in providing much needed assistance to flood victims in central Vietnam and we are pleased to provide additional support so that this can continue during this challenging time.” said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Allaster Cox.
Australia has long experience in working with the Government of Vietnam and NGOs in disaster management and preparedness to build capacity for long term planning and community engagement to reduce the negative impacts of disasters.