Netherlands ambassador Joop Scheffers (L) hands over a symbolical cheque to Nguyen Hai Duong, President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society, on October 14. Photo courtesy of the Netherlands Embassy
The Netherlands has donated VND4.3 billion (US$204,000) to Vietnam to assist relief and recovery work after Typhoon Wutip struck the country's central region last month.
Netherlands ambassador Joop Scheffers handed over a symbolical cheque with this amount to Nguyen Hai Duong, President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society on October 14.
The sum will be used to assist 7,500 affected families over a period of 10 months by providing them with shelter materials to rebuild homes, essential household items, cash grants and livelihoods support. The affected people will also be helped with access to clean water and hygiene promotion.
While handing over the cheque, Scheffers expressed the hope that this contribution will alleviate the dire needs of the affected people from this typhoon.
He also said he is impressed by the resilience of the Vietnamese people on how they manage to take up their lives after natural disasters, year after year.
Typhoon Wutip made landfall in central Vietnam on September 30, claiming at least 12 lives. The storm caused significant damage and destruction to houses, public infrastructure and livelihoods, particularly in Thanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, ThuaThien-Hue, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces.