The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations has called on international organisations to provide emergency aid to storm victims in the central region.

At a press briefing in Hanoi on October 7, the Union announced the results of its fact finding trip to the two hardest hit flood provinces of Quang Tri and Quang Binh. It said local people now badly need food, medicines, essential home appliances, seedlings and breeding animals as well as school goods for children.

The organisation also asked for assistance in repairing houses and schools, and building more flood shelters in the region.

Meanwhile, localities nationwide continue to join hands to help the storm victims.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Dong Thap province chapter launched a fund raising movement on October 7 and immediately received over 1.4 billion VND (65,800 USD) from businesses, organisation and individuals at the launching ceremony.

Earlier, the chapter donated 500 million VND from its own budget.

The central province of Phu Yen province raised 1.1 billion VND, while the northern province of Hung Yen donated more than 800 million VND from donations and the provincial budget.

On October 7, a delegation of the Golden Heart Houndation under the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour handed over relief aid, including 2.5 tonnes of rice, 7,000 notebooks and schooling aid and 120 million VND to storm victims in Ky Ha commune, Ky Anh district, Ha Tinh province.

Typhoon Wutip, the 10th to have hit Vietnam so far this year, has caused losses totalling 11 trillion VND (517 million USD) for central coastal provinces.

Quang Binh was the hardest hit with losses topping 8 trillion VND, followed by Nghe An with 1.3 trillion VND, Ha Tinh with 1.17 trillion VND, Thua Thien-Hue with over 300 billion VND, and Thanh Hoa with 140 billion VND.

By October 5, the storm had killed 14 people and injured 225 others, while two people were still missing.-VNA