The Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) has received over 61 billion VND (2.9 million USD) from organisations and individuals nationwide in support for Japanese people to overcome difficulties resulting from the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Out of the donations, raised from March 15 to April 15, the VRC said it had sent 1 million USD to the Japanese people through the Japan Red Cross on April 1. The remaining will be used to buy essential goods for those in need in Japan .

A 9.8-magnitude earthquake resulting in 10m high tsunami on March 11 caused serious human and property losses for the Japanese people with tens of thousands of people dead and missing and hundreds of thousands of others losing their houses./.