The Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico has organised a fund-raising drive to support victims of typhoon Damrey which made landfall in the country earlier this month.(Photo: VNA)

Mexico City (VNA) – The Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico has organised a fund-raising drive to support people in central and Central Highlands provinces that were devastated by floods caused by typhoon Damrey earlier this month.

The event drew the participation of the embassy’s staff, representatives of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA)’s Bureau and Vietnamese people community in the host country.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoai Duong thanked Vietnamese expatriates in Mexico for their practical contributions to help victims of natural disasters in the past years.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos also joined efforts to support typhoon victims by launching a fund-raising campaign on November 25. This was the third time in 2017 the embassy has raised funds to aid people affected by natural disasters in the home country.

The third drive, which will run until December 1, collected 6,830 USD on the first day. Earlier, Vietnamese people in Laos donated 10,000 USD to support flood-hit people in central and Central Highlands provinces.

Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam on November 4 with winds of up to 135 km/hour, 50 km south of Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa province), and became one of the worst storms to strike Vietnam’s southern coastal region in years.

The typhoon and subsequent floods claimed 89 lives and left 18 missing and 174 others injured in central and Central Highlands localities as of November 7.

More than 1,480 houses collapsed while 119,200 others were damaged. Nearly 8,000ha of rice and 14,600ha of other crops were flooded.-VNA