Party, State leaders donate money to help flood victims hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (first in line) donates money to support flood victims (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan have joined the fund-raising campaign to support flood victims in northern mountainous and central localities. 

On October 13, the Party Central Committee’s Office raised over 400 million VND (17,606 USD), after staff at the office each donated at least one-day salary to the fund.

The same day, the Presidential Office, the National Assembly Office and the Party Central Committee’s Mass Mobilisation Commission also raised funds to support people in flood-hit areas.

Northern mountainous provinces and part of the central region have been submerged by widespread floods resulting from torrential rains on October 10 and 11.

Widespread floods killed 54 people, left 37 missing and 31 injured as of 22:00 pm on October 12, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

On October 12, the Vietnam Red Cross Society launched a “texting” campaign “Vi dong bao vung lu” (For flood victims) calling people from across the country to make donations via texts. By texting UH to 1409, the sender will contribute 20,000 VND.

All money collected from the campaign, running through November 7, will be used to support affected people with necessities, housing and livelihoods, helping them overcome difficulties.

By late October 12, the campaign received approximately 108,000 text messages, equivalent to over 2.1 billion VND (92,400 USD).-VNA