Vietnamese embassy in UK raises fund for flood-hit people at home hinh anh 1Post-flood cleaning in Quang Binh (Photo: VNA)
London (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in the UK on October 23 launched a campaign to raise fund to support calamity-hit people in the central region of Vietnam.

Addressing the event, Ambassador Tran Ngoc An expressed sympathies to locals in the central region over the great losses in human lives and property due to the serious and prolonged flooding.

He called on the embassy staff, the Vietnamese community in the UK and local friends to join hands in assisting the disaster-hit people to overcome the consequences of the disaster and stabilise their lives.

Responding to the call, all staff of the embassy donated one day of their salary to the fund which also received the donation of the Vietnamese Students’ Association in the UK and the Vietnam-UK Network. Total fund raised at the event was over 5,000 pounds (over 6,520 USD).

According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, flooding that began on October 6 had killed 111 people and left 22 missing nationwide as of 7am on October 21. Some 371 ha of rice paddies have been submerged, 7,126 ha of crops damaged, and over 700,000 heads of cattle and poultry killed or swept away.

The floods also inflicted substantial damage upon local agriculture, irrigation, and transport infrastructure.

The Vietnamese Embassy in the UK will also carry out more activities to call for donation to the fund to help people in the central region to overcome difficulties./.