Father Joseph Ngo Sy Dinh (left) offers money to a flood victim in Hue on Nov. 9. (Photo: caritasvietnam.org)
Bishops plan to host a special musical show to raise funds for people affected by tropical storms in central Vietnam.
In October alone, people in central provinces were battered by seven tropical storms and typhoons which caused severe floods and landslides, leaving 130 dead and 214 injured and damaging houses, public facilities and crops worth US$100 million, according to local media.
The latest, Typhoon Vamco with winds of up to 150kph, hit four provinces — Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam — and Da Nang on Nov. 15, injured 36 people and damaged 9,000 houses and public facilities.
Father Joseph Ngo Sy Dinh, head of Caritas Vietnam, led a delegation to evaluate damage caused by natural disasters in Hue Archdiocese and Ha Tinh Diocese from Nov. 9-12. They also offered financial support to local victims.
Truong Thi Nhan, a Hue resident, said heavy rains and severe floods ruined her house and washed away her belongings. “We need money to repair our house to live in,” Nhan, 68, who lives with her son, told Father Dinh.
Nguyen Luu from Huong Tra district said his banana farm was destroyed by the flooding and he had nothing left. “We are living on the donations from Caritas in Hue and the local government,” said Luu, who lost his leg in the war, adding that he received 270,000 dong ($12) from the government and 330,000 dong from the local church.
Some parishes are providing food and temporary shelters for dozens of families who lost their houses during the floods in Quang Binh province.
Father Dinh discussed with local church workers how to repair and rebuild victims’ houses, offer them clean water, seedlings and animals, give their children scholarships and evacuate those who live in areas at high risk of landslides to safe places.
On Nov. 17, the Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam announced that the bishops plan to hold a charity concert to raise funds and help disaster victims restore their normal lives soon.
The Ho Chi Minh City-based office said the gala concert slated for Nov. 27 in the city aims to gather all benefactors regardless of their social position and faith to make donations to support helpless victims overcome the aftermath of the disasters.
It said the gala evening, titled "Ganh nhau trong doi" or "Helping one another in life," will feature well-known artists and choirs. The audience is invited to donate 3 million dong each.