Vietnamese embassy raises funds for flood-hit people in Laos hinh anh 1The Embassy of Vietnam hosts an event on September 15 to raise funds for flood-hit people in central and southern Laos. (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – A total of close to 24,800 USD has been raised within three hours after the Embassy of Vietnam launched a fundraising event in Vientiane on September 15 to support flood-hit people in central and southern Laos.

Donors included Vietnamese expats and businesses in Laos.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Ba Hung spoke highly of donation from the Vietnamese community to Lao people severely affected by floods in the central and southern regions earlier this month, which demonstrates the brotherhood and sharing between the two peoples.

He said he expects the Vietnamese community in Laos will keep up the good deed, together supporting the locals recover from consequences of the disaster and making Laos more prosperous.

Floods in southern and central Laos in early September killed 14 people and affected lives of more than 175,000 families in about 1,400 villages across six provinces, according to the Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare.

The natural disaster also destroyed around 150,000 hectares of rice and 251 hectares of crops and damaged many houses, bridges and roads./.