AHA Centre supports Vietnam’s northern flood-hit provinces

Floods devastates Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The ASEAN Coordinating Centre
for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) has supported
flood-hit localities in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam with home
supplies worth 230,000 USD.

The supplies include 600 household kits, 3,000 private
hygiene kits, 600 kitchen kits, a mobile canvas house for storing goods, a
16KVA generator, and 300 tool kits for house repairing.

The things, which were taken from the Centre’s
warehouse in Subang, Malaysia, arrived in Noi Bai International Airport in
Hanoi on the afternoon of August 8. They will be sent to the needy as soon as
possible.

This is the first time Vietnam has called for ASEAN’s
support for its people who have been heavily affected by natural disasters.

Adelina Kamal, Acting Director of the AHA Centre also
sent the sympathy from the centre and the ASEAN community to those people who
have been severely affected by floods and landslides in Vietnam’s northern
region.

She also thanked the Vietnamese Government for having belief in the centre and
calling for the AHA Centre’s support.

The AHA Centre, which is headquartered in Jakarta,
Indonesia, is an intergovernmental organization formed by the 10 ASEAN members on
November 17, 2011. It aims to create favourable conditions for and coordinating
the cooperation between the ASEAN members and international organisations in promoting
regional partnership in managing disasters.

Over the past one months, prolonged torrential rains,
flash flood and landslides have affected northern mountainous localities of
Vietnam, mostly Son La, Yen Bai, Dien Bien and Nghe An.

According to the Central Steering Committee for
Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, as of August 7, heavy rains and flash
floods have taken the lives of 26 people and left 15 others missing and 27
injured.

Floods also swept away and collapsed 231 houses,
damaged 245 houses, submerged 338.5 hectares of rice, and made 398 households
leave their homes to safer places.

The
intense floods also blew away over 25,000 cubic metres of national roads,
117,706 cubic metres of provincial and district roads; damaged 145 irrigation
works and 2,072 metres of river dike, causing about over 940 billion VND (41.36
million USD) in economic losses in the provinces.-VNA



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