Can Tho (VNA) - The organisers of a ten-day relay race, aiming to raise funds for COVID-19-affected workers, has agreed to set aside about 1 billion VND (43,000 USD) to support flood victims in the central region.

Co-organised by the Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp. (Sabeco) and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour, the race, which ended on October 26, covered 2,020 km, from the northern province of Quang Ninh’s Ha Long city to the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

It has so far raised over 4.78 billion VND from 2,530 donations.

As of the evening of October 24, heavy rains and floods in the central and north-central regions had claimed 119 lives and left 21 missing, with the regions now preparing for Storm Molave to make landfall within the next few hours.

The eye of the powerful storm, the ninth of the year and the fourth this month, is expected to be over Vietnam’s coastline, from Da Nang city to Phu Yen province, at 4 am on October 28, with maximum winds of 165 km/h. Torrential downpours will blanket central localities from October 27 to 29, with flooding forecast in areas from Thua Thien-Hue to Quang Ngai./.