Another 420 needy households in central Phu Yen province will be assisted to build storm and flood-proof houses thanks to a recently-approved project to be carried out in 2015-2016.

The beneficiaries are those listed as poor by the provincial People’s Committee, including one ethnic minority family, 120 others in difficult circumstance, 167 others living in disadvantaged areas, among others.

In 2013, the province piloted to build 100 flood-resistant houses for needy households in Tuy An and Dong Xuan districts.

Under a government decree on support poor households to build storm and flood-resistant houses, each poor household in different areas will receive from 12 million to 16 million VND (571-762 USD) and can access to loans worth up to 15 million VND (714 USD) at an annual interest rate of 3 percent in 10 years from the Bank for Social Policies.

Phu Yen is one of the seven provinces in the coastal central region to have been selected for the pilot model, with complexes now under construction following a 2012 Government directive.

Each complex includes two floors, with the second floors covering an area of no less than 10 square metres. This floor is designated for storing people’s essential property during flooding.

A huge flood in 2009 inundated all 126 houses in the village at depths of up to three metres.-VNA