U.S. Secretary of State announces additional humanitarian assistance for Central VN
12:25 | 31/10/2020

VGP – US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced an additional US$2 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to Typhoon Molave and the ongoing severe flooding that has affected Central Viet Nam since early October.

This amount brings the total humanitarian assistance from the U.S. Government for people touched by the floods to US$2.1 million.

With this new funding, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is ramping up efforts to meet emergency needs in communities affected by Viet Nam’s historic typhoon season.

Typhoon Molave, which made landfall in Central Viet Nam on October 28, 2020, is the ninth tropical storm to hit Viet Nam this year.

Typhoon Molave follows weeks of torrential rain and landslides that have disrupted the lives and livelihoods of an estimated 1.5 million people and killed more than 130.

In response, USAID’s partners, including the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC), are addressing the immediate needs of the affected families for food, shelter, water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Because the floods have washed away livestock, farms, and infrastructure, USAID’s partners also will provide assistance to these families as they begin to restore their livelihoods.

This assistance builds on USAID’s long-term investments in Viet Nam to reduce the risk and impact of disasters. With funding from USAID, for example, the VNRC has been on the front lines in responding to the impact of severe weather throughout this typhoon season.

The United States stands with the people of Viet Nam during this difficult time.

By Thuy Dung

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