Text-message campaign supporting flood victims launched

NDO – Nguyen Thi Doan, Former Vice President and also Chairwoman of the Vietnam Association for Study Encouragement, visited and provided a financial aid of VND150 million (US$6,600) for schools in Yen Bai province’s Mu Cang Chai district on August 9, aiming to help them overcome the aftermaths of recent flash floods. >>> Joint efforts made to support flood victims In addition, Yen Bai province received billions of Vietnam dong in assistance from many other provinces and organisations, with VND1.2 billion from the Ho Chi Minh City Fatherland Front Committee, VND300 million from Thai Nguyen province, VND500 million from the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, 100 million from Hoa Binh province and another VND100 million from the Vietnam Farmers’ Association. * On the same day, fund-raising ceremonies to support flood-hit provinces in the Northwestern region were held by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Communication and Education; the Overseas Party Organisation; the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs; and Nhan Dan Newspaper. Accordingly, public servants and employees of these units will donate at least a day’s salary and all donations will be sent to the recipients as soon as possible. * In the morning of August 9, a delegation of the Central Enterprises Block Party Committee, led by Deputy Secretary Pham Tan Cong, visited, encouraged and presented over VND4.4 billion to Yen Bai, aiming to help the province address the challenges caused by recent floods. * On Wednesday, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) issued an…... [read more]

Thao is representing the programme in the media from August 1 to September 30, helping to promote VAVA activities in the wider community. Thao is the figurative link between donors and millions of Vietnamese AO/dioxin victims. She plans to urge participation in an SMS campaign organised through the national humanitarian portal 1400. VAVA Chairman Nguyen Van Rinh outlined the association’s charity ambassador strategy from 2013 onwards. Candidates must possess positive public images, invite admiration, and demonstrate respect for Vietnamese culture and customs. The ambassador needs to connect the more than 3 million AO/dioxin victims with donors, agencies, and domestic and foreign organisations, said Rinh. Dang Thu Thao was born in Bac Lieu province in 1991 and is currently studying at Tay Do University. After being crowned Miss Vietnam in 2012, she donated nearly 40% of her cash prize to charities in Bac Lieu province, Danang city and Can Tho city. She gave 2 tonnes of rice to Hong Dan district’s General Hospital in Bac Lieu province, presented gifts to cancer children in Hanoi’s K Hospital, and assisted victims of the September 2012 flooding in Thanh Hoa province. Thao is also a regular contributor to communal charity activities helping disadvantaged children. She served as road safety ambassador in 2012, Understanding Heart Foundation ambassador from 2012–2013, “Swallow” community award ambassador, and an Operation Smile volunteer.... [read more]

The donations are equal to one million cubic meters of fresh water for people in central provinces and southern Mekong Delta, which are affected by the worst drought and salinization in nearly a century. The show, named “Ket Noi Yeu Thuong,” or “Connecting Love,” took place at the Sen Hong Stage in the city’s downtown area, with hundreds of audiences flocking to see performances by many famous artists. “Ket Noi Yeu Thuong” was organized by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Performing Arts and Cinema Center and the Ho Chi Minh City Television Station. “Nine out of 13 provinces in Mekong Delta have declared drought disaster areas, and nearly 200,000 hectares of paddy field in the winter-spring crop have been destroyed,” Tang Huu Phong, editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre, said in his opening speech at the event. Phong therefore asserted that donations of people across the country to Tuoi Tre’s program are “huge support and encouragement for people in the drought and salinization affected areas during these difficult times.” Donors can also join another program launched by the newspaper in cooperation with the Vietnam Red Cross Society, the National Humanitarian Portal 1400, the Vietnam Digital Television VTC and the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications. During the program taking place from 0:00 on April 7 to midnight on June 5, every text message with the content ‘NC’ sent to ‘1407’ will equal a donation of VND14,000 (US$0.63), equivalent to one cubic meter of water for…... [read more]

Cause of helicopter crash not identified The cause of the helicopter crash that killed three military officers on Tuesday has not been established, a colonel said. Colonel Nguy?n Hoàng T?n, political head of the Military Command of northern Bà R?a- Vung Tàu Province announced the information at a press briefing this morning. Even though some sources blamed the crash on bad weather and air turbulance, this information was “unreliable because an investigation is still in progress,” he said. A helicopter with three people on board -- one pilot teacher and two pilot trainees -- crashed in the region of the Dinh mountain range while on a routine flying exercise on Tuesday. The province’s Military Command mobilised forces and some 400 people to search for the helicopter. It was found a day later in Yên Ng?a Pass on Bao Quan Mountain, which is part of the Dinh range in Tân Thành District. VN writers impress French contest Vuong B?ch Liên won the first prize in the journalism writing contest Young Francophones Reporters –Vi?t Nam 2016, which was organised for the first time by Le Courrier du Vietnam (CVN), a weekly French language newspaper under Vietnam News Agency. Liên won the prize with two French language reportages. The first features the daily life of Mông ethnic group in Mèo V?c in northern mountainous Hà Giang province; and the second portrays her meetings with members of different ethnic groups in Tr?m T?u District of Yên Bái Province whose generosity highly impressed her. She…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - As of October 20, the Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee received nearly 2 billion VND after three days of launching campaign supporting residents in the central region in overcoming the consequences of recent floods. Individuals and organisations across the country continue sending cash and kind to support locals in the central region to overcome the consequences of recent floods. As of October 20, the Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee received nearly 2 billion VND (90,000 USD) after three days of launching the support campaign. Chairmam of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan receives the assistance in cash from Bac Giang province. The proceedings were donated by the staff of the 14th NA Standing Committee, (50 million VND), the Ministry of Transport (500 million VND), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (200 million VND), the Vietnam National Coal – Mineral Industries Company (500 million VND), the VFF-Bac Giang chapter (400 million VND), the Vietnam National Chemicals Group (200 million VND), among others. Domestic donors could send financial donations to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee at bank account 371301058784 (VND) provided by the State Treasury, swift code QHNS: 1058784; or at 0011001932418 provided by the Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank). Those abroad could send to Vietcombank accounts 0011371931538 with swift code “BFTVVNVX”. Philanthropists can also donate cash to the VFF Office at room No. 109, block B, No. 46 Trang Thi Street, Hoan…... [read more]

Individuals and organisations nationwide across the country continue sending cash and kind to support locals in the Central region in overcoming the consequences of recent floods. As of October 20, the Standing Board of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee received nearly 2 billion VND (90,000 USD) after three days of launching the support campaign. The proceedings were donated by the staff of the 14th NA Standing Committee, (50 million VND), the Ministry of Transport (500 million VND), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (200 million VND), the Vietnam National Coal – Mineral Industries Company (500 million VND), the VFF-Bac Giang chapter (400 million VND), the Vietnam National Chemicals Group (200 million VND), among others. Domestic donors could send financial donations to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee at bank account 371301058784 (VND) provided by the State Treasury, swift code QHNS: 1058784; or at 0011001932418 provided by the Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank). Those abroad could send to Vietcombank accounts 0011371931538 with swift code “BFTVVNVX”. Relief goods could be sent to chapters of the VFF and the Vietnam Red Cross Society at all levels to be transferred to affected areas. The campaign runs until the end of November 30, 2016. The VRS Central Committee also coordinated with the National Humanitarian Portal 1400 to launch a SMS campaign which is underway from mid-night of October 18 to mid-night of December 16, through which people nationwide could text “UH” and send to 1404, each worth 18,000 VND (0,81…... [read more]

Vung Tau mass fish dead caused by lack of oxygen A lack of oxygen was the main cause to the recent mass death of more than 250 tonnes of farmed fish along the Cha Va River in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau according to local authorities in their report released Monday. In their report announced at a meeting yesterday by director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Tran Van Cuong, investigation results of tested water samples showed that heavy rains had brought a large amount of water into the river and made the saline and oxygen levels decreased. "Fish then stopped eating and died en mass," Cuong said. The report said that some 254 tonnes of farmed fish of 90 households in Long Son District had died en mass since October 10 with an estimated loss of VND 29 billion (USD1.31 million). Farmers had laid out their dead fish on part of Highway 51 in Vung Tau City on October 13 to protest, demanding compensation from local seafood processors for polluting the water. Farmers brought their dead fish on part of Highway 51 in Vung Tau City on October 13 to protest, demanding compensation from local seafood processors for polluting the water of the Cha Va River. The farmers claimed that farmed fish along the Cha Va River have been dying in mass amount due to the polluted river which has recently turned black with a foul smell. The claims are similar to last September's…... [read more]

On October 18, the Office of the Party Central Committee raised a total of VND450 million (US$20,450) in support of the victims. At the event, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong also expressed his sympathy with affected families. At the President Office, President Tran Dai Quang, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and staff donated at least one-day salary at the fundraising. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also launched the campaign at the Government Office and urged individuals and organisations nationwide to join the effort. From October 18, relief goods will be given priority seats at the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, low-cost Jetstar Pacific and Vasco flying from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.They will enjoy free tickets, surcharges and related fees. In the central province of Quang Nam, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Van Thu signed a decision to set aside VND230 million(US$10,400) from the local budget to support Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Nghe An and Quang Tri. The provincial chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front also received donations from philanthropists nationwide through banking account 3761.0.1002234.91049 at the local State Treasury. Domestic donors could send financial donations to the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRS) at bank accounts 124 0202 005 348 (VND), 124 0202 018198 (USD) and 124 0202 006862 (EUR) provided by the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank). Relief goods could be sent to VRS No.82 Nguyen Du, Hanoi…... [read more]

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), as of 1pm this afternoon, the storm was located at 19.1 degrees north latitude and 109.8 degrees east longitude on the mainland of China’s Hainan Island and 360km to the southeast of the coast from Quang Ninh to Hai Phong. The strongest winds at the eye of the storm were about 135-150kph. It was moving in the northwest direction at a speed of 15km per hour. The storm was predicted to hit offshore northeastern locales of Vietnam at 4pm on October 19, according to the centre. The centre warned that the storm would bring heavy rain of 200-300mm to Northeastern and Northern Central locales, starting from late October 18. The rains could bring floods to these locales and mountainous areas are warned of flash floods and landslides. As it approaches the Gulf of Tonkin and is heading towards Vietnam’s coast, Typhoon Sarika is forecast to be the most dangerous and strongest storm to hit Vietnam in recent years. All administrations and agencies have been placed on alert. The National Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and the National Steering Committee for Search and Rescue Operations have held a teleconference with the authorities of 22 localities from Hai Phong to Quang Binh to discuss measures to cope with the storm. Local authorities were asked to keep a close watch over the storm and to warn the owners of ships operating offshore to move to safe harbours. They were also required to check the…... [read more]

Director of the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRC)’s Disaster Management Department Tran Quoc Hung said the VRC has offered assistance worth VND1.97 billion (US$88.3 million) in cash and goods for four central provinces, including Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri. The VRC has also coordinated with the National Humanitarian Portal 1400 to launch a programme raising funds for flood victims, said Vice President and Secretary General Doan Van Thai. All money collected will be used to support 10,000 affected families in central Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien – Hue provinces, he said, adding that the programme starts from October 18 to December 16, 2016. The Ministry of Information and Communication, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour are also engaged in the efforts. Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has directed ministries and agencies to support central localities to resume the operation of health, education, transport, and irrigation facilities to stabilise local lives and production. The National Steering Committee for Search and Resuce along with the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Public Security are searching for missing people and ensuring safety for the search and rescue forces. Prolonged rains and floods have already hit the northern central region hard. Heavy rains and floods in the central region, including the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, have claimed 25 lives and injured 18 others. Four…... [read more]




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