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Caritas aids flood victims

Storm wreaks havoc across northern provinces, homes and schools destroyed

June 28, 2011

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Caritas is providing emergency relief to hundreds of flood victims after a recent storm lashed large areas in the north of the country. Two villages, An Lu and Trung Ha, near the city of Hai Phong were the worst hit when the storm struck on June 23, killing two people, injuring 79 and destroying or damaging 1,025 homes and schools. Severe flooding also affected the villages of Yen Hoa, Yen Na and Yen Tinh in Nghe An province. Around 31 homes were washed away and hundreds of other houses inundated. Four ethnic Hmong villagers were also killed in Yen Bai province. “We’ve offered 210 million dong [US$10,200] in emergency relief to victims,” Bishop Joseph Nguyen Van Yen, vice president of CCSA-Caritas Vietnam, said yesterday. Bishop Yen said victims in Hai Phong were given 100 million dong, while those in Nghe An and Yen Bai provinces were offered 60 and 50 million dong, respectively. He said the local Church will try to help victims return to a normal life after evaluating the situation. Maria Nguyen Thi Lien, a Caritas worker from Hai Phong, said the local diocese also offered 50 million dong to victims. Local Caritas workers on June 25 visited and offered 40 families 2-10 million dong each, she added. Lien said many victims lost everything and just have the clothes on their back. Related reports: Vietnam flood victims now face famine
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