|Residents in flood-prone areas have to live and work on boat.(Photo:SGGP)|
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has signed a decision to allocate 300 tons of rice and VND48 billion for twelve provinces with flood- and rain-affected areas to overcome the consequences.
Under the Prime Minister’s decision, the southern province of Binh Thuan will receive VND7 billion (US$437,500) and 300 tons of rice; Phu Tho VND7 billion, Dac Nong, Cao Bang, and Lam Dong VND5 billion (US$312,500) each; Binh Phuoc, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh, Nghe An and Dak Lak VND3 billion (US$187,500) each; Quang Tri and Yen Bai VND2 billion (US$125,000) each.
The Prime Minister also allocated VND10 billion (US$625,000) to the Ministry of Transport to renovate the national highways and railway routes badly hit by heavy rains and floods.
According to the National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control, natural disasters claim an average of more than 700 people each year in Viet Nam, sending thousands of families into poverty and leaving almost a million people in need of emergency food.
The human loss is almost double that of the previous decade.