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Parish rebuilds homes for storm victims

ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh city

ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh city

Updated: November 15, 2010 08:21 AM GMT
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Phu Quoc Island following the tropical storms in October
Phu Quoc Island following the tropical storms in October
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A parish in a southern Vietnam diocese is supporting the government in providing financial aid to help victims rebuild their houses destroyed by tropical storms. “We handed to each family 1.5-5 million dong (US$77-256) so they can build or repair their houses,” said Father Vincent Nguyen Van Canh, assistant priest of Hung Van parish in Phu Quoc Island, the country’s largest. He said parish leaders and village authorities visited 35 families whose houses were destroyed by the tropical rains in October. Most beneficiaries are poor Buddhists and followers of indigenous faiths who cannot afford the construction cost. Father Canh said his parish plans to build two houses, 20 million dong each, for two local families by Christmas. Buddhist Vo Thi Duyen said her family built a new house after receiving 12 million dong (US$616). They were since the disaster living in a rented house, which cost 300,000 dong a month. Father John Tran Van Trong, pastor of Hung Van parish, said Caritas in Long Xuyen diocese has contributed 100 million dong (US$5,130) to help the local victims. He said the rains and storms had destroyed 80 houses and damaged 46 boats, with 15 dead and missing. Father Trong and two assistant priests are serving 3,000 Catholics on the 600-square-kilometer island in the Gulf of Thailand. Related report Vietnam flood victims now face famine VT11963.1628

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