The RoK aid package of nearly 1 million USD will be used to assist poor and near-poor Vietnamese families affected by typhoon Damrey to rebuild their houses. A house was flooded when Damrey hit. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The aid package of nearly 1 million USD committed by the Government of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in early November will be used to assist poor and near-poor Vietnamese families affected by typhoon Damrey to rebuild their houses.

 The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the RoK Embassy in Vietnam and the General Department of Disaster Prevention and Control under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development signed an agreement on the implementation of the aid package in Hanoi on December 12.

With the donation, which is channeled via the UNDP, the flood-hit families will be supported in terms of knowledge and necessary resources to repair their houses, making them resistant to upcoming storms and floods.

UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra said ensuring residents’ access to safe housing is the core of the rehabilitation work.

Tran Quang Hoai, permanent member of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, praised the timely support of the RoK Government.

RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk said apart from friendship activities and economic ties, Vietnam and the RoK have supported each other in difficult times, promising that the RoK will continue to stand side by side with Vietnam to overcome challenges caused by climate change.

The project will be jointly carried out by the Vietnam Red Cross and the Vietnam Women’s Union, targeting poor and near-poor families and needy people.

Damrey, also the 12th storm developed in the East Sea, hit Vietnam on November 4, affecting more than 4.3 million people and damaging more than 303,500 houses. -VNA