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ADB approves US$2.5 million grant to support Vietnam’s disaster response

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$2.5 million grant to assist the Government of Vietnam in providing emergency and humanitarian services to residents affected by the recent floods in the country’s central region.

“We commend the Government of Vietnam for their rapid emergency response to the disaster,” said ADB Country Director for Vietnam Andrew Jeffries.

He added that the ADB grant will augment the wider government response in delivering immediate, life-saving assistance to people who need it the most, especially people who were already experiencing adverse economic impacts due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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Heavy rains cause serious flooding across many areas in the central region.

The grant is being funded by the Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund, which was designed to provide support to ADB’s developing members affected by major natural disasters.

The ADB has been working with other development partners to support the government’s disaster relief efforts, including assessing the impact of the disaster and the needs of those requiring assistance in the central provinces. The ADB’s assistance aims to help ensure that people living in disaster areas have access to basic medical and social services and resources to rebuild both their lives and livelihoods.

In line with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Flood Response Plan, the ADB will work closely with the government and coordinate with other development partners to deliver the humanitarian assistance in a manner that minimizes the risk of spreading Covid-19 among affected people in the most severely affected provinces.

Since October 6, the central region of Vietnam has experienced prolonged and heavy rains, storm surges and strong winds, leading to severe flooding and landslides. As of October 29, 214 people have been killed or reported missing, according to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority.

About 7.7 million Vietnamese citizens live in the areas damaged by the flooding. That includes 1.5 million people across 9 central provinces who were directly affected and about 380,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed.

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Overseas Vietnamese in Thailand and Germany support flood victims in central Vietnam
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The European Union (EU) has pledged EUR1.3 million (equivalent to over VND35.6 billion) in emergency humanitarian assistance for families seriously affected by the floods in central Vietnam since the beginning of October.
ASEAN pledges support for disaster hit brethren
ASEAN stands ready to support members suffering from floods and landslides, the regional bloc’s foreign ministers said in a statement Tuesday.

Source: NDO

ADB, US$2.5 million grant, Vietnam’s disaster response, Asian Development Bank, emergency and humanitarian services, life-saving assistance
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