The United States will provide urgent disaster relief to the people of Viet Nam in response to humanitarian needs following the damage caused by Typhoon Xangsane.
|Xangsane victims stand in front of their collasped house|
On October 6, the U.S. Embassy in Ha Noi, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, announced it would contribute US$100,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support the relief operations of the Red Cross of Viet Nam.
The money will be used to purchase essential relief supplies to support those affected by the typhoon.
“The people of the United States will never forget and remain grateful for Viet Nam’s response following Hurricane Katrina. We are proud to stand by the Government of Viet Nam in its relief efforts,” the embassy said in a statement.
Prior to the press release, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Jonathan M. Aloisi expressed his condolences and concern for the Vietnamese victims of Typhoon Xangsane.
“I was saddened to learn of the damage, injury and loss of life from Typhoon Xangsane. On behalf of the people of the United States of America, please accept my condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we hope for the quick recovery of those who remain missing,” Mr. Aloisi said.
“We will never forget the kindness and generosity of the people of Viet Nam in responding to the United States in our own time of need following Hurricane Katrina. The United States stands prepared to offer assistance to help Viet Nam overcome the negative effects of this natural disaster.”