Vietnamese victims of Phnom Penh fire receive support hinh anh 1Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh (second, right) visits the victims (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia to continue coordinating with competent and relevant agencies to help Vietnamese-Cambodian people affected by the recent fire in Cambodia overcome the consequences of the blaze and stabilise their lives.

The Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Le Thi Thu Hang, made the remarks while answering reporters’ queries regarding the victims’ situation at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on July 19.

According to the embassy, the fire began at 3:30am on July 10 in Phnom Penh, completely destroying 56 houses and the assets of 70 Cambodian families of Vietnamese origin and another 10 Khmer families, she said.

Following the incident, the embassy dispatched officials to the site to supervise the situation, assist victims, and mobilise the support of Vietnamese businesses for the victims, Hang said.

The Foreign Ministry’s State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs also sent letters of sympathy and gifts to the Vietnamese families, the diplomat added. -VNA