Thanh Nien's editor-in-chief Nguyen Quang Thong (R) handing over cash to Dang Cong Ban, 55, a veteran in Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, who had his house's roof blown off by winds in typhoon Nari. Ban lost both hands and eyes in war. Photo by Nguyen Tu
Thanh Nien newspaper and youth unions in Quang Nam Province and Da Nang City last weekend handed over cash donations to victims of typhoon Nari in several localities.
On Sunday, they handed over a total VND100 million (US$4,700) in donations from British American Tobacco in Vietnam to 29 people in Da Nang’s Hoa Vang District with .
Another VND50 million donated by readers was forwarded to 48 blind people in Quang Nam’s Dien Ban District the same day.
On Saturday, donations from the tobacco company of VND1 million each were given to 200 typhoon victims in Que Phu and Huong An Communes in Que Son District, and Binh Duong and Binh Quy Communes in Thang Binh District.
Several people in these localities had their houses damaged by the storm.
Tran Dinh Tien, of Hoa Vang, had his house destroyed in the storm and all that remained was three walls and a pile of brick. He said the money he had borrowed three years earlier to build the brick house with a metal roof is till owed.
Vo Thi Tuyet in Dien Ban, who walks with wooden crutches and is blind, said she and her son, who became mental ill after an accident in their old house, said when the storm came, the wind shook their house and blew off the roof, but they had nowhere to run and only knew to hug each other.
Huynh Thi Co, 78, who leads a solitary life in Que Phu, said she had to put up canvas to shelter herself after the storm.
“My house’s roof was blown off, and my belongings were all wet. When the storm came, I was luckily brought to neighbor’s house to hide, and therefore, I’m safe,” Co said.
Pham Van Nam in Huong An Commune said he and his wife saved for many years to build a house, but the storm left it nothing but a pile of rubble. He said the storm had passed many days ago, but his children still have nowhere else to sleep.
Vo Truyen Thong, deputy chairman of the Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front in Binh Duong Commune, said: “These (the donations) are such a special gift for us in this hard time.”
“We believe that the storm can be over, but your support remains in people’s mind.”
Nguyen Quang Thong, Thanh Nien’s editor-in-chief, said Saturday the paper had raised funds from companies and readers.
“We hope that you [the victims] can go back to your normal life soon.”
Typhoon Nari, the eleventh this year to hit Vietnam, came October 15.
Since October 16, Thanh Nien, local authorities and donors such as Mobifone, Van Thanh Steel JSC and Yen Viet (Vietnamese bird’s nest) JSC have brought cash and necessities (rice, porridge, water and metal roofs) to people suffering from flooding and destruction in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien-Hue provinces and other areas in Quang Nam.
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