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VND500-billion relief aid proposed for flood-hit central Vietnam

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HCMC – The Ministry of Finance has proposed the prime minister temporarily add VND500 billion from the backup State budget for 2020 to the relief aid for the five central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and Ha Tinh, which are being ravaged by heavy floods.

In a report sent to the prime minister on October 21, the ministry said that the temporary relief aid is aimed at helping the localities address the consequences of the floods. If the proposal is approved, the five provinces will receive VND100 billion each.

The governments of the five provinces have been told to appropriately use the relief aid, the local budget and other financial sources to help locals hit by the flooding, Phap Luat Online reported.

When the flooding ends, the governments must review and check the consequences and damages caused by the floods and report the expense accounts to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control so that it can submit the report to the prime minister for consideration and a decision on official relief aid.

From October 6 to 20, as many as 111 people were killed and 22 others went missing due to flooding and landslides in Central Vietnam, according to the committee.

Besides, 371 hectares of rice and over 7,120 hectares of other crops were flooded and damaged, while the severe floods killed over 691,100 cattle and poultry.

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