A community-based disaster risk management project was launched in central Quang Binh province on June 9, expected to directly benefit 4,000 people and more than 24,000 others indirectly.

The project, scheduled to last through March 2018, is intended to mitigate the adverse impacts of increasingly common and serious natural disasters.

It will be implemented at a cost of 600,000 EUR (over 676,400 USD) funded by the German Red Cross Society.

Beneficiaries will include Phu Hai ward and Bao Ninh commune of Dong Hoi city and Thuan Hoa and Mai Hoa communes of Tuyen Hoa district which have been heavily affected by natural disasters as of late.

Accordingly, the localities and at least four schools will build their own action plans and backup plans and undertake disaster resilience measures such as adapting livelihoods to climate change.

Provincial disaster response teams and Red Cross staff and volunteers will receive training in ensuring safe houses, clean water and environmental hygiene while communication activities will be ramped up to improve public awareness.-VNA