Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung speaks at the ceremony (Photo: VNA)
 
Vientiane (VNA) – The Embassy of Vietnam to Laos on January 30 received more than 166 million LAK, or about 20,000 USD, in financial aid from Lao people in support of victims of typhoon Damrey in Vietnam.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony in Vientiane, Lao Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Khampheng Saysompheng said after typhoon Damrey caused severe losses in Vietnam, the government of Laos called on individuals and organisations to raise funds for affected Vietnamese people to help them normalise their lives.

Donations for the victims have continued to be collected in Laos, he added.

Receiving the aid on the behalf of the government and people of Vietnam, Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung thanked Laos for its support, saying the deed has demonstrated the brotherhood between Vietnam and Laos.

The money will be shortly given to people in need, he affirmed.

In early November, the south central coastal region was hit by storm Damrey, one of the worst storms to strike the region in years.

The typhoon and subsequent floods left 123 dead and missing and caused about 1 billion USD in economic loss for the region.-VNA