Over 110,700 tonnes of rice from the national reserve have been allocated to localities to support people after natural disasters, ahead of Lunar New Year and in forest plantation projects, and students living in especially disadvantaged areas.
Rice from the national reserve have been allocated to localities to support people after natural disasters. — Photo baodansinh.vn
Deputy General Director of the State Reserves Le Van Thoi said the rice aid came promptly and safely, contributing to easing difficulties in poor localities.
Pham Viet Ha, deputy head of the General Department of State Reserves’ Goods Management Department, said the general department provided equipment for the National Committee on Disaster Response, Search and Rescue, with a total value of nearly VND59 billion in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Decision.
The general department and the committee are working to submit a plan to the Finance Ministry and PM to provide more disaster-response equipment for ministries, agencies and localities.
Ministries, agencies also allocated items from reserves for national defence-security, disaster and epidemics control, social welfares with a total value of over VND294 billion ($12.7 million). — VNS
With more populous cities and higher consumption levels, the impact of natural disasters is worsening.
Natural disasters caused 16 people dead and missing, injured 54, damaged and inundated 17,713 houses, with the total damage of VND315 billion (US$13.55 million) in the Southern region during the first nine months of 2019.