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Hanoi (VNA) – Individuals and organisations nationwide are lending a helping hand to rainstorm-struck residents in the central region.

On October 18, the Office of the Party Central Committee raised a total of 450 million VND (20,450 USD) in support of the victims.

At the event, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong also expressed his sympathy with affected families.

At the President Office, President Tran Dai Quang, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh and staff donated at least one-day salary at the fundraising.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also launched the campaign at the Government Office and urged individuals and organisations nationwide to join the effort.

From October 18, relief goods will be given priority seats at the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, low-cost Jetstar Pacific and Vasco flying from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.They will enjoy free tickets, surcharges and related fees.

In the central province of Quang Nam, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Dinh Van Thu signed a decision to set aside 230 million VND (10,400 USD) from the local budget to support Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Nghe An and Quang Tri.

The provincial chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front also received donations from philanthropists nationwide through banking account 3761.0.1002234.91049 at the local State Treasury.

Domestic donors could send financial donations to the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRS) at bank accounts 124 0202 005 348 (VND), 124 0202 018198 (USD) and 124 0202 006862 (EUR) provided by the Vietnam Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Agribank).

Relief goods could be sent to VRS No.82 Nguyen Du, Hanoi or the southern representative agency No.201 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, starting from October 1 to the late November.

Those abroad could send to Agribank accounts 124 0202 005348 (VND), 124 0202 006675 (USD) and 124 0202 006862 (EUR).

The VRS Central Committee also coordinated with the National Humanitarian Portal 1400 to launch a SMS campaign which is underway from mid-night of October 18 to mid-night of December 16, through which people nationwide could text “UH” and send to 1404, each worth 18,000 VND (0,81 USD). All proceeds will be sent to the victims.

Earlier on October 16, the VRS Central Committee decided to offer 1.97 billion VND (89,000 USD) in cash and kind to Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

More than 7.4 billion VND (33,600 USD) has been raised so far.-VNA