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US to provide disaster preparedness funds

Released at: 20:25, 10/11/2017

US to provide disaster preparedness funds

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Ambassador announces over $1 million will be given in emergency assistance and longer-term disaster risk reduction support.

by My Van

The US Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Daniel J. Kritenbrink, announced that over $1 million in emergency assistance and longer-term disaster risk reduction support will be given to Vietnam to address the impacts of Typhoon Damrey and future disasters.

Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam on Saturday, November 4, with winds of up to 135 km/h, 50 km south of Nha Trang, and became one of the worst storms to strike Vietnam’s southern coastal region in years. It brought torrential rains to southern and central provinces, isolating affected areas.

“With a grant of $250,000 in disaster relief funds, USAID will provide sanitation, health-related, and commodity relief items to the areas of Vietnam most affected by Typhoon Damrey,” Ambassador Kritenbrink said. “An additional disaster preparedness grant of $800,000 awarded last month to the Vietnam National Red Cross will benefit approximately 13,700 people directly and 30,000 people indirectly in three target provinces using a community-based approach to build capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters.”

Vietnam remains vulnerable to a host of weather-related risks and climate change impacts. Typhoon Damrey clearly demonstrated the importance of being prepared and able to effectively respond to disasters. Since 2000, USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance has provided more than $20 million to address emergency response needs and disaster risk management activities in Vietnam. Through the Department of Defense, the US Government has also provided more than $28 million since 1998 to train military and civilian emergency responders and develop and equip disaster management centers, maritime response centers, and disaster shelters at the community level. 

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