27.11.2020, 14:13

Plan International helps flood victims resume daily lives

Non-governmental organisation Plan International Vietnam has donated VND26.3bn (USD1.1m) to 200,000 residents in the two central provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri which were among the hardest-hit localities by the recent flood and landslides.

Necessities provided to the people in Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

Since early October, the north-central coast and central region in Vietnam have faced storm after storm along with severe flooding and landslides. Statistics from the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority show that as of October 24, 130 died and 18 remained missing. A total of 889,605 people were affected by the storms, 290,000 homes were flooded and damaged and 122,600 people were evacuated. It is estimated that up to 7 million are affected by the aftermaths and 5 million may fall into poverty.

Quang Binh and Quang Tri are among the hardest hit provinces in Vietnam. In the past 20 years, Plan International Vietnam has helped 10,000 children in Huong Hoa, Dak Rong, Minh Hoa, Le Thuy and Quang Ninh provinces.

In order to help the flood victims, Plan International Vietnam has called for VND26.3bn to help 200,000 residents.

The money will be disbursed in six months and divided into three phases. Families that lost their members to the floods and landslides, families with disabled people, children or pregnant women will be given priorities.

In the first phase, VND4.1bn (USD176,000) has been disbursed to buy food and other necessities. VND11.5bn will be disbursed in the second phase to deal with pollution and to help children return to schools. In the last phase, VND10.7bn will be disbursed to help people resume businesses and find jobs.

As of October 26, Plan International Vietnam has provided necessities to 3,600 households with some 18,000 people in 12 communes.

The organisation worked together with local authorities and volunteers to ensure long-term livelihood for the locals but also their resilience against natural disasters.

Sharon Kane, director of Plan International Vietnam, said that they paid strong attention to how girls were affected by natural disasters and made them their top priority. They ensured that adolescent women can express their opinions throughout all processes from what they need most and how they want to be supported. Kane went on to say that the support would not be effective if they didn’t consider the women and girls.