Australia aids southern Vietnam flood recovery efforts

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The Australian Agency for International Development announced Friday that it would provide 500,000 Australian dollars (US$485,000) to people affected by the latest Mekong Delta flooding.

According to a press release issued by the Australian Consulate-General that day, the aid is to respond to the emergency appeal that the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies made earlier this month.

The aid will support the Vietnam Red Cross in providing relief and recovery assistance to 42,000 people who have been affected by the worst flooding to hit the Mekong Delta in more than a decade, the press release said. The target provinces are An Giang, Dong Thap and Long An.

As of the middle of this month, the flood has killed 85 people, of whom 72 were children under 16, the press release quoted the Vietnam Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control as saying.

It has also affected more than 150,000 houses, over 1,000 schools, and nearly 11,000 hectares of rice paddy across the region.

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