Vietnam Fatherland Front aids flood victims in Ha Giang province hinh anh 1Landslides hit the northern mountainous region due to torrential rains and floods (Photo: VNA)

Ha Giang (VNA) – A delegation from the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee led by its Vice President and General Secretary Hau A Lenh on July 1 visited families of victims and households affected by recent devastating floods in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang.

Lenh lauded the Party Committees, administrations and VFF Committees at all levels of Ha Giang province for their active response as well as efforts in dealing with the disaster consequences.

Lenh, who is also head of the Central Relief Committee, handed over 1 billion VND (44,000 USD) from the committee to Ha Giang to support the affected residents.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Trieu Tai Vinh said that torrential rains and floods lasting from June 22-27 caused severe losses of human lives and property in the province.

Nearly 1,600 houses were submerged by floodwater, while hundreds of others were swept away and ruined.

Meanwhile, 10 schools in Quan Ba and Vi Xuyen districts and Ha Giang city were damaged seriously, along with hundreds social works and many roads. Total losses are estimated at 122 billion VND (5.36 million USD).

On the occasion, the VFF delegation presented 40 million VND to each of six households having their houses destroyed, and 5 million VND each to families of dead victims in Quan Ba district.

The same day, a charity group in neighbouring Lai Chau province, another hard-hit locality by floods, presented gifts totaling over 120 million VND (5,200 USD) to affected local people in Sin Ho district.

Earlier, another charity team also handed over 100 million VND (4,400 USD) to leaders of Tan Uyen district of Lai Chau province to support the victims.

Flash floods and landslides left 23 dead and 10 missing in the northern mountainous provinces, mainly in Lai Chau and Ha Giang.

Of the victims, 16 deaths and 9 missing victims were in Lai Chau province, five deaths in Ha Giang, one death each in Quang Ninh and Lao Cai, and one missing person in Dien Bien, reported the Standing Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Floods also pulled down or swept away 161 houses, damaged 958 homes and submerged 1,800 others.

In addition, more than 1,500 hectares of rice and crops were inundated or destroyed, while nearly 600 hectares of aquaculture were damaged and 738 cattle heads and over 13,800 poultry were killed.

Total damage was estimated at nearly 500 billion VND (around 21.8 million USD).-VNA