EU provides 1.3 million euros to help Vietnam’s flood victims

HCMC - The European Union has provided 1.3 million euros (over VND35.6 billion) in urgent humanitarian assistance to address the needs of the people most affected by flooding in Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue provinces in central Vietnam.

Houses are submerged in flood water in Quang Tri Province – PHOTO: VNA

“This contribution underlines our solidarity with the people of Vietnam, many of whom have suffered the loss of homes, livelihoods and belongings in the wake of the devastating floods,” said Olivier Brouant, who oversees the EU’s humanitarian response in the Mekong region.

“The EU funding will support our humanitarian partners in delivering life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable, ensuring they have enough means to get through this difficult time.” 

As part of the EU’s Acute Large Emergency Response Tool, the funding will support the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Save the Children and World Vision in delivering assistance to those most in need. This includes the distribution of hygiene kits and other essential relief items, while ensuring access to drinking water, sanitation facilities and the promotion of good hygiene practices.

Cash transfers will also be provided, allowing people to buy the food or items they need. Special attention will be given to the most vulnerable groups such as female-headed households and people with disabilities.

Storms and floods have killed more than 130 people in central Vietnam since early October. The natural disasters have left numerous houses destroyed or submerged in flood water, crops damaged and livestock killed, seriously affecting the livelihoods of the locals.