Norway helps Vietnam reduce disaster risks

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Norway is helping Vietnam to prevent and reduce risks caused by disasters in its central provinces of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen by equipping local residents with the knowledge, skills and facilities for disaster response.

The support is being provided through the project "Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction," sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian Red Cross, and the Vietnam Red Cross, according to a press release issued by the Norwegian Red Cross.

Total funding for the first phase of the project that will run from 2010 to 2011 was US$600,000. The second phase is scheduled to take place between 2012 and 2014. 

The project aims to enhance the resilience of local residents in disaster-prone communes, and to improve the disaster prevention and response capacity of local authorities.

The project has a strong focus on vulnerable groups, including women, children, disabled people and the elderly.

Some 50,000 people have been benefited from the project during the 2010-2011 period.

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