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Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has assigned the Ministry of Finance to provide nearly 3,597 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to the central province of Ha Tinh and the northern mountainous province of Son La to support people hit by the recent devastating flood.

Of the total, Ha Tinh will receive 3,525 tonnes, while Son La will get 72 tonnes.

The two provinces were asked to ensure timely distribution of the rice as well as right beneficiaries.

In case the localities still face difficulties after receiving the aid, they are advised to report to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs for further assistance.

Continuous downpours from October 10 triggered floods and landslides in Vietnam’s northern and north central regions, causing huge human and property losses.

Statistics released by the Government show that as from October 16, floods killed 75 people, injured 38, left 28 others missing and forced 2,604 households to evacuate.-VNA