A storm, flood-resistant house in An Dan commune, Tuy An district (Source: baophuyen)

Phu Yen (VNA) – Hundreds of poor families in the central province of Phu Yen are enjoying better lives thanks to housing support provided under a government decree.

In 2013, the province built 100 flood-resistant houses for needy families at the mouth of the Cai River in Tuy An district and the mountainous district of Dong Xuan.

In 2015, another 258 households have received financial assistance.

Under the decree, each poor household will receive from 20 million to 26 million VND (892-1,160 USD) and can access loans worth up to 15 million VND (670 USD) at a preferential interest rate from the Bank for Social Policies.

An Dan commune in Tuy An district is among the localities with the most beneficiaries under the programme.

Storm and flood-resistant houses were built for 68 needy families in the commune’s flood-prone areas between 2013 and 2015, according to Nguyen Minh Duc, vice chairman of the commune’s People’s Committee.

Ngo Anh Dan, 66, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, said thanks to the financial assistance, his family has built a two-storey house that protected them from the floods.

Vice Chairman of the Dong Xuan People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Tu said the storm and flood-resistant houses built in the district have also provided shelter for many others who are not targeted under the programme.

According to the plan, another 158 houses of this kind will be built for local disadvantaged households in 2016.

Phu Yen was one of seven provinces in the coastal central region to be selected for the pilot model following a 2012 Government directive.

Each house has two floors, with the second floor covering an area of no less than 10 square metres. This floor is designated for storing essential property during floods.

A huge flood in 2009 inundated all 126 houses in An Dinh commune, Tuy An district at depths of up to three metres.-VNA