People cooking glutinous rice cakes for those in flood-hit areas

Large numbers of people in central and Central Highlands provinces have been busy cooking thousands of traditional glutinous rice cakes to help those struggling amid the historic flooding in the middle of the country.


Many parts of central Vietnam have been hit by heavy flooding following torrential rain that struck at the beginning of the month.

As news of the flooding spread, people in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces decided to send food to those in need.

So they started cooking “banh chung” (a square glutinous rice cake) for those doing it tough.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people in Gia Lai province cooked tens of thousands of “banh tet”, which has similar ingredients to “banh chung” but comes in a cylindrical shape, to send to flood-hit victims.

As of 7 am on October 21, flooding that began on October 6 had killed 111 people and left 22 missing in the central region. Some 370 ha of rice paddies and over 7,100 ha of crops have been submerged, and a large number of cattle and poultry killed or swept away, according to the Standing Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control./.