Donors support flood victims
Ha Noi - The Government of Germany and the Government of Italy have provided US$46,900 and US$50,000 respectively, for support to children in the flooded Mekong Delta.
The donations, channeled through the Geneva-based United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam, will be provided to Dong Thap, An Giang, Long An, Kien Giang and Tien Giang provinces, to buy food and other basic needs for children, and boats for transporting children to emergency child care centres in these provinces.
In addition, OCHA has allocated US$40,000 for UNDP to provide boats and fishing nets for the poor and most heavily damaged households in Dong Thap, An Giang and Long An provinces. The contribution comes from OCHA's own resources and from reserved funds provided by the Government of Norway.
The current flood in the Mekong Delta, which tops twenty-five years records, has claimed nearly 300 lives, of whom more than 200 were children. More than 500 emergency child care centres have been established by local authorities in affected provinces to help taking care of the children while their parents are going out for food and living.
"Thanks to these generous financial contributions, UNDP can help ensure that more than 13,000 children in the emergency child care centres and those of poor evacuated households are supplied with food and other basic needs until the floods recede," said UNDP Resident Representative a.i. Maurice Dewulf.Since flooding started in early August, UNDP-assisted Disaster Management Unit at the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control has been sending daily bulletins on the flood situation and needs assessment to United Nations agencies, donor embassies and non-governmental organizations in Viet Nam. UNDP in Viet Nam has been also providing timely information for OCHA to disseminate Viet Nam's floods situation reports to the international community and to coordinate assistance.