The US, RoK provides assistance to Vietnam to recover from typhoon Damrey

Friday, 2017-11-10 11:29:22
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Typhoon Damrey damages houses in Ninh Hoa town, Khanh Hoa province
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NDO - The Governments of the US and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have announced emergency assistance to Vietnam to respond to the impacts of Typhoon Damrey and future disasters, the RoK Foreign Ministry and US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink announced on November 10.

The US Ambassador announced over US$1 million in emergency assistance and longer-term disaster risk reduction support to Vietnam to respond to the impacts of typhoon Damrey and future disasters while the RoK Government decided to provide US$1 million worth of humanitarian assistance to Vietnam to overcome damages caused by the typhoon.

“With a grant of US$250,000 in disaster relief funds, USAID will provide sanitation, health-related, and commodity relief items to the areas of Vietnam most affected by typhoon Damrey,” said Ambassador Kritenbrink. “An additional disaster preparedness grant of US$800,000 awarded last month to the Vietnam National Red Cross will benefit approximately 13,700 people directly and 30,000 people indirectly in three target provinces using a community-based approach to build capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters.”

The RoK Government expressed condolences to local Vietnamese people affected by the typhoon and expressed hopes that typhoon-hit localities would quickly tackle the typhoon consequences to resume normal life.

The ministry said that the RoK Government plans to expand humanitarian assistance to countries affected by natural disasters in a bid to build the image of a country being responsible for the international community.

Typhoon Damrey, the 12th typhoon that hit Vietnam this year, struck on November 4, and is the most destructive typhoon that Vietnam has experienced since the past two decades. Following the typhoon, downpours and floods have claimed 91 lives and left 23 missing and 174 others injured in central and Central Highland localities as of November 8.

The typhoon also devastated a great number of homes, destroyed thousands of hectares of crops and aquaculture farms, damaged roads, railways, power infrastructure and affected many flights across the central region.