Flooding in Lao Cai (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) Central Committee said on August 9 that it will provide the second aid batch for flood-hit residents in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai.

According to the VRC, 400 cartons of essential goods will be distributed to families whose assets were lost. Each of the 35 households with houses collapsed, completely buried and swept away will receive 3 million VND (135 USD), while the families of the dead will be also given 3 million VND each.

Previously, 250 cartons of family basics and two canvas tents were provided for those displaced by floods in Bat Xat district in the first batch on August 7.

The two batches are worth nearly 500 million VND (22,321 USD).

To cope with emergencies, the VRC chapter in Lao Cai province has mobilised local volunteers to help residents evacuate, clean houses and build makeshift tents after floods.

The provincial and Sa Pa district chapters of the VRC also offered money, fundamental goods and clothes worth nearly 200 million VND (90,000 USD) to the influenced people.

Floods from the night of August 4 until the next morning in Lao Cai claimed three lives and injured five others. Seven people are still missing.

While more than 20 houses were washed away or buried in earth and rocks, 450 houses were inundated.

Total damage is estimated at some 200 billion VND (9 million USD), according to the province’s steering board for natural disaster prevention, search and rescue.-VNA