Governments of New Zealand and the US, and Honda-Vietnam have been sending aid to victims of Typhoons Ketsana and Mirinae in the central and Central Highlands regions.

The 370,000 USD in aid from New Zealand was channelled to the Vietnam Red Cross through the New Zealand International Aid and Development Agency (NZAID) in Hanoi on November 16.

Ambassador Heather Riddell of New Zealand said at a ceremony marking the assistance that her country has been funding development programmes in Vietnam for years, focusing on agriculture, education and healthcare.

New Zealand has set up long term cooperation with the central province of Binh Dinh and the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai , which were also hard hit by typhoons Ketsana and Mirinae recently.

Also on November 16, the US Embassy in Vietnam announced in a press release that the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will providing 250,000 USD to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to aid victims affected by flooding from Typhoon Mirinae.

This support to communities in Vietnam ’s central provinces of Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, and Phu Yen brings the total U.S. government support for typhoon victims in Vietnam this year to 1 million USD.

The latest contribution will fund basic emergency relief items such as blankets, water containers, cooking pots, mosquito nets, soap, and water purification tablets to more than 28,000 people who have been badly affected by the typhoon.

The Vietnam Red Cross reported that it has so far received over 7 million USD in relief aid from the international community for flood victims.

Honda Vietnam is among the major domestic donors, with two relief aid packages so far of over 560 million VND in total.

The Vietnam-Japan auto making joint-venture said it will send staff to the flood-hit provinces of Phu Yen, Binh Dinh and Khanh Hoa to hand out supplies to the victims from Nov. 19-21.

The mission will continue in the Central Highlands provinces of Gia Lai and Dak Lak and the central provinces of Ninh Thuan, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri./.