UN to build 4,000 flood-resistant houses in coastal areas

The United Nations will help Vietnam build 4,000 flood-resistant houses from now to 2022 for people in five coastal provinces. Flood-resistant houses given to people in Quang Ngai The General Department of Disaster Prevention and Control and the United Nations Development Programme’s Director Caitlin Wiesen transferred 37 houses to people in Quang Ngai Province on February 13. This is part of the project to improve the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change organised by the UNDP, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Ministry of Construction. The houses can withstand huge storms and protect poor people living in the flood-prone areas. The UNDP has provided USD1,700 to each household and started the project in Quang Ngai Province. In the coming years, the UNDP will build 300 houses in Quang Ngai. The rest will be built in Quang Nam, Quang Binh, Thanh Hoa and Thua Thien-Hue provinces. Wiesen said houses were people’s most valuable assets so was important to have a sturdy house that can adapt to the environment in coastal areas. This is also the first project in Vietnam that is supported by the Green Climate Fund. The project also aims to increase the rate of mangrove coverage and provide reliable information to help with disaster management planning and response to climate change. The project is set to be implemented from 2017 to 2022 with a USD29.50m grant. Doan Thi Tuyet Nga from the General Department of Disaster Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and… [Read full story]


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