Saigon Outcast will host an art event to raise funds for flood victims in the central provinces. (Photo: Saigon Outcast Facebook) 

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese artists and singers continue to raise funds for people in the central provinces who have been severely affected by the historic flooding.

Well-known singer Dam Vinh Hung, along with other artists, visited Ha Tinh Province on October 26 and handed over 2.7 billion VND (120,000 USD) in donations. They also distributed essential commodities to locals.

The singer had organised a fund-raising music show, Central Region Heart, which saw artists such as Dam Vinh Hung, Thanh Hoa, Quang Linh, Quang Dung, Duong Trieu Vu, Le Quyen and others performing without honorarium. More than 700 million VND (31,000 USD) was raised from the event.

“Artists were passionate about being part of a fund-raising music show. They wanted to accompany me to the central provinces to offer their support to local people,” Hung said.

Hung had also called on people to donate and aid the country’s flood-hit citizens, and by October 24, he had received donations to the tune of 2 billion VND (90,000 USD).

Also on October 26, many artists, including composer Tran Tien, singers Anh Khoa and Dong Lan performed in a street music show on Nguyen Van Binh Street in HCM City to raise more funds. It was organised by First News publishing company and directed by Tung John. Everyone involved performed for free. The money from the show, which is estimated to be 500 million VND (22,300 USD) will be handed over to affected people on October 29 and 30 by Seeds for the Soul, a charity group.

The group, founded by director of First News and other journalists and writers, has collected another 300 million VND (13,400 USD).

Recently, MC Phan Anh also collected more than 20 billion VND (900,000 USD) to help people in the central provinces.

Saigon Outcast will also host an arts event on October 30 to raise funds for flood victims in the central provinces.

The event will feature music performances, poetry readings and arts creation. There will also be an auction for food and artworks.

All donations will be given to the HCM City Red Cross.

The event will take place from 2pm to 11pm at 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 1.

The heavy rain and flooding in the central region claimed 15 lives and left at least 18 others injured. The storm damaged more than 100,400 houses, 1,600ha of rice and over 3,000ha of aquatic farms.-VNA