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EU brings relief to flood victims

Released at: 09:30, 30/08/2019

EU brings relief to flood victims

Photo: The EU Delegation to Vietnam

Humanitarian aid of $110,000 to help hardest-hit residents in Dak Lak, Lam Dong, and Kien Giang provinces.

by Jessica Nguyen

In response to the widespread floods that wreaked havoc in many parts of Vietnam in early August, the EU is providing 100,000 euros ($110,000) in humanitarian aid to assist the most affected communities. The aid will directly benefit over 18,000 people in some of the hardest hit areas in the central highlands’ Dak Lak and Lam Dong and the Mekong Delta’s Kien Giang provinces.

The funding supports the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC) in delivering much-needed assistance through the distribution of household kits, which include blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, and water buckets. Cash grants are being provided to enable the most vulnerable families to meet their basic needs and sustain their day-to-day livelihoods. To ensure access to clean water, families whose water resources have been contaminated in the aftermath of the floods will also receive water purification assistance. As outbreaks of vector diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and typhoid are common following flooding, disease prevention and hygiene promotion activities are also being conducted.

The funding is part of the EU’s overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Vietnam experienced days of torrential downpours in early August that triggered destructive floods in many parts of the country’s central and southern provinces, affecting close to 130,000 people. As a result of the flooding, over 12,000 houses were inundated while thousands of hectares of rice and other crops sustained damage, leaving the livelihoods of many in the predominantly agricultural country in tatters. Kien Giang province was the worst hit, with more than 8,000 homes submerged in water. The collapse of the Cam Ly landfill, which sat on top of a hill in the tourist city of Da Lat in Lam Dong, increased public health risks for those living in the affected areas.

The EU together with its member states is the world’s leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity towards people in need around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.

Through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the EU helps over 120 million victims of conflicts and disasters every year.

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