WB okays $118 mln for post-disaster reconstruction in central Vietnam

Vietnam is highly vulnerable to typhoons every year with over 70 percent of 92 million people suffering natural disasters such as flooding and storm, said a representative of the World Bank.

WB okays $118 mln for post-disaster reconstruction in central Vietnam

A workshop was organized in the south-central province of Binh Dinh on January 22 to launch the Emergency Natural Disaster Reconstruction Project in several localities in central Vietnam.
The project is being implemented from 2017 – 2021 in the central provinces of Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai, Phu Yen, Ninh Thuan and Ha Tinh.
The World Bank has agreed to provide Vietnam with US$118 million of official development assistance (ODA) for disaster relief in the country’s above-mentioned central provinces. The amount will be used for building infrastructure, drainage system and improving locals’ awareness.
Deputy Chairman of People’s Committee in Binh Dinh Province Tran Chau said undertaking the project will help localities raise its competence in coping with natural disasters, reconstructing infrastructure which storm destroyed for development.
Subsequently, Binh Dinh pledged to use the assistance loan for proper purposes to meet the project’s goal.
Achim Fock, country director for the World Bank in Vietnam, said that the project will benefit about 5.1 million residents in five central provinces. .
JICA experts said that before, JICA had built some works for coping with natural disasters in some central provinces such as Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Ha Tinh, Nghe An and gained huge achievement.
Accordingly, JICA said that the project should include maintaining construction works regularly or constantly and restoring all projects.

By NGOC OAI – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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