Rescuers save residents from a flooded house in central Quang Binh province in 2020 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to allocate 89.11
billion VND (3.86 million USD) sourced from the central budget reserves for
five central provinces hit hard by natural disasters in October to help address
housing damage.

The
beneficiaries consist of Nghe An (1.26 billion VND), Ha Tinh (8.43 billion
VND), Quang Binh (4.89 billion VND), Quang Nam (69.81 billion VND), and Binh
Dinh (4.72 billion VND).

The
support is provided under the Government’s Resolution No. 165/NQ-CP, issued on
November 5 last year, on financial aid for some central and Central Highlands
localities to settle housing damage caused by natural disasters in October.

In
the decision, the PM assigned the People’s Committees of these provinces to
base on the resolution to use funding from the central budget, their local
budgets, and other legal financial sources in line with regulations.

They
were also requested to ensure the support is used in a timely, effective, and
transparent manner and benefits the targeted groups while preventing
wrongdoings and strictly handling violations.

Back-to-back
storms and prolonged flooding took devastating toll on the central and Central
Highlands regions in October.

Natural disasters had claimed 280 lives and caused total
losses of approximately 29.9 trillion VND in Vietnam from the beginning of 2020
to mid-November, according to a report by the National Steering Committee for
Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

They had also injured 856 people and left 66
missing. Torrential rain, floods, and landslides had destroyed 3,420 houses,
damaged over 327,700, and submerged nearly 509,800, affecting the livelihoods
of millions of people./.