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Binh Dinh (VNA) – Domestic and foreign organisations and individuals have sent more than 30 billion VND since December 16 to help flood victims in the central province of Binh Dinh.

Floods triggered by torrential rains since early December have claimed 16 lives during 10 days from December 11 to 18 while two others went missing. More than 6,150 houses were submerged.

On December 19, the Vietinbank handed over 200 houses, each costing 50 million VND, to poor families in six districts in Binh Dinh.

The bank pledged to build 300 more houses for families who lost their homes during the recent floods.

The same day, the Hoa Sen Group committed 600 million VND in aid to the province.

According to Director of Binh Dinh Education and Training Department Dao Duc Tuan, the education sector of the province suffered losses amounting to 30 billion VND after five consecutive floods in the past month. Schools are flooded, classroom equipment such as desks and computers are damaged, and more than 50,000 students lost all their school textbooks.

Since early December, eight school children also died as a consequence of floods.

Binh Dinh has asked the Government to exempt school fees in the second semester for all students in the province.

Rains have eased in the area but many low-lying areas in Binh Dinh are still deep in water.-VNA