The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia launched a funding campaign on March 23 to provide support for Vietnamese expats affected by the Admiral Trade Centre fire in Kazan city in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan on March 11.

Although no casualties were reported, the fire caused significant property damage impacting a number of Vietnamese nationals; many of whom lost their stores in last year’s fire at Ba Coi market.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Nguyen Thanh Son called on Vietnamese expats to promote solidarity by joining similar events to help Vietnamese overseas in distress in Russia and elsewhere.

On March 23, a fund worth 1,000 USD was mobilised among officials from the Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese reporters in Russia.

The Admiral Trade Centre has 1,274 booths, 470 of which are run by Vietnamese nationals.

One Vietnamese had a broken bone and was hospitalised on March 12 while two others suffered slight injuries during the fire.-VNA