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Shock as Australians return to flood-hit homes

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:11 am

ROCKHAMPTON, Australia, Jan 7, 2011 (AFP) – Australians were greeted by scenes of devastation as they picked through their flood-shattered homes, with forecasts of more heavy rain Friday threatening a multi-million dollar clean-up.

More than 300 houses have been completely inundated by the floods caused by the torrential rain which has lashed Queensland for weeks, wiping out crops, slashing mine production and forcing thousands from their homes.

An aerial photo shows the flooded Depot Hill area south of the flood disaster area of Rockhamption on January 6, 2011. AFP

The large town of Rockhampton moved into recovery mode as the massive volume of water — estimated to cover an area the size of France and Germany combined — moved towards the sea, while residents of other communities returned home.

“It’s devastation,” said publican Shane Hickey as he surveyed the impact of the one-metre (three-feet) high inundation of his business in Condamine, west of Brisbane.

Hickey, allowed back into the town along with other evacuated residents on Thursday, said it looked like a cyclone had hit his Condamine Bell Hotel.

“It’s just flattened everything, all the grass is mud, all the plants have been torn out of the ground, the trees have gone over and are just covered in silt and mud,” he told Australian news agency AAP.

“All the fridges are gone, the freezers, washing machines, all the laundry.

“It smells. You think to yourself the best way to fix this up is to just bulldoze the lot and start again.”

Inland of Rockhampton in Emerald, which suffered 80 percent floods, the clean-up was well underway with residents removing rubbish and sorting out their homes.

But the waters are set to recede slowly from Rockhampton, which is facing another dump of heavy rainfall over the weekend, and residents are not expected to be able to return to their homes for another week.

Mayor Brad Carter said the “enormous body of water”, which animal protection officials say is seething with up to one million snakes and deadly saltwater crocodiles, was moving slowly.

“We are not going to see much movement, just a slight drop, so it will be a long time before many of our residents can return to their homes,” Carter told the Seven Network on Friday.

The full impact of the flood is not yet known but the Queensland government has estimated the total damage bill will hit about $150 million.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said heartache was in store for many residents who would be returning to towns such as Theodore, which was completely evacuated during the floods, to inspect their homes.

“They’re coming home to a lot of heartache, a lot of suffering and for many of them the first glimpse of what’s been left behind of what was their precious possessions, their homes,” Bligh told the Nine Network.

“I think it’s going to be a very painful process.”

Source: SGGP

Khanh Hoa Province presents gifts to pupils in flood-hit areas

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:10 am

Khanh Hoa Province presents gifts to pupils in flood-hit areas

QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:31 (GMT+7)

Former Vice-State President Mrs. Truong My Hoa, Chairwoman of the Vu A Dinh Scholarship Foundation, and the representatives of sponsors, yesterday granted 250 gifts of VND 200,000 each, to needy pupils of Vinh Thanh primary schools in flood-hit localities in Khanh Hoa Province.

The Vu A Dinh Foundation will grant 1,300 gifts valued at VND 200 million to needy pupils in flood-stricken areas during its delegation, headed by Ms. Truong My Hoa, to Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh DInh, Quang Ngai and Quang Nam Provinces from January 6th to 8th.

Source: VH

Translated by Van Hieu

Source: QDND

Volunteers keep supporting flood-hit victims

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

Volunteers keep supporting flood-hit victims

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:48 (GMT+7)

Ha Tinh Voluntary Compatriots Group has offered essentials to flood-hit victims in Central Vietnam.

Specifically, more than 10,000 items of clothing, over 4,000 schoolbooks and notebooks, noodles, VND 150 million in cash and other essential facilities, have been handed over to needy people in 4 communes of Hoa Hai, Thach Xuan, Thu Loc and Song Loc in Ha Tinh Province.

The presentation was under the program “Bringing warm winter to flood-hit areas” launched by Ha Tinh Voluntary Compatriots Group with 108 members.

Since the beginning of this year, the group has launched three programs to give assistance to their compatriots in the Central Province of Ha Tinh. Besides, they participated in the voluntary program, “Giving Strength during University Entrance Season 2010”, carried out in Hanoi.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Gov’t to advance $3 mln equivalent to flood-hit provinces

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has directed the Ministry of Finance to advance VND61.6 billion (US$3 million) out of total VND335 billion from the central budget to eight central provinces which have been damaged by the recent floods. 

File photo of houses flooded in Ninh Hoa District, Phu Yen Province (Photo: SGGP)

The money is expected to help flood victims buy seeds, domestic animals, and restore production, which the floods have caused.

On December 3, PM Dung decided to extract VND335 billion (US$16.75 million) from the State budget and 8,600 tons of rice from the National reserve to support and assist the central provinces to recovered from the consequences of the recent flooding.

The chairperson of the eight provinces people’s committees will be responsible for the distribution of the money for the correct purpose.

The PM’ has decided to distributed the money to the following provinces: Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Dak Lak and Gia Lai provinces.

In related news, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang on December 7 worked with leaders of the Phu Yen Province. This was to ensure that water release from hydropower plants, and the price stabilization was in place, during the upcoming Lunar New Year Holiday Celebrations.

The Provincial People’s Committee asked the government to supply an extra of 2,000 tons of rice, 1,000 tons of seed, 10,000 litres of pesticides to help residents restore production and prevent environmental pollution.

The province also asked the government to support VND185 billion (US$9.2 billion) to upgrade irrigation works in the area.  Mr. Hoang said that he would send a report to the government about the province’s petitions.

Source: SGGP

Deputy Prime Minister visits Binh Dinh flood-hit residents

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:03 am

Viettel supports students in flood-hit localities

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Vice PM inspects flood-hit province

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

Vietnamese share sentiments with flood-hit victims

In Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Vietnamese share sentiments with flood-hit victims

QĐND – Sunday, October 24, 2010, 21:5 (GMT+7)

PANO – Sympathy among people developed during the recent flooding in Vietnam’s Central Provinces.

Handing a package of instant noodles, Thai Thi Huu, a mother with three children affected by Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin, movingly recalled “As the water level was rising, several families in my village helped me take my children to a higher and drier place. They also gave us food during these difficult days”.

Mrs. Thai Thi Huu was among food-hit victims in Hung Chinh commune, Vinh city, Nghe An province. Some have evacuated to safer places, but some are still living on their house roofs with support and sympathy from their neighbors and benefactors.

Currents and undertow of the swift-flowing flood waters are very dangerous, especially for Thai Thi Huu’s three AO children.

Also in Hung Chinh commune, elderly Nguyen Thi Chau, who lives alone, is being looked after by her neighbors. It is the neighbors’ sentiments that made elderly Chau decide not to evacuate. She said “My neighbors are still beside me. I am not afraid of the flooding. I will be here waiting for the ebb of the flooding and tidying up my house”.

According to Mr. Luu Ngoc Tu, a secretary of Hung Chinh commune’s Party Committee, when the flooding was at its peak, the local cadres and youths went to each house to give assistance.

“Several villages in my commune were completely isolated. We have tried our best to give direct aid to villagers”, the secretary said.

In Vinh Tan Ward, Vinh City, the family of Ho Trong Thuy, aged 47, received more than 40 victims during the flooding. Along with the accommodation, they also offered food and care for the elderly and children.

Good deeds from Mr. Thuy and other kind-hearted neighbors in Central Vietnam have proved the solidarity and readiness to grant helping hands of Vietnamese, featuring the noble virtue and long-term tradition of “helping the poor under any circumstances”.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Warm-hearted aid for flood-hit victims

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Warm-hearted aid for flood-hit victims

QĐND – Friday, October 15, 2010, 21:29 (GMT+7)

PANO – Despite torrential rains, aid from the People’s Army Newspaper and Thien Duc Development Investment Ltd.Co., still arrived in Son Trach Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province on the morning of October 14th after a day-long drive.

Lieutenant Nguyen Bac Ngan, the driver, and Lieutenant Tran Minh Son had worked tirelessly to fulfill their task to bring relief to flood victims in Quang Binh Province.

43 packed boxes containing necessary utensils such as chopsticks, bowls, washing-powder, medicines, blankets, mosquito nets and canvas were directly handed to each families of social welfare and needy families.

“Soldiers have assisted us with cleaning houses, schools and clinics. Today, they brought us aid”, a crowd of local citizens movingly said.

The commune of Son Trach, lying on Son River that leads to the famous Phong Nha Cavern, has been seriously damaged by the latest flood in the Central Vietnam.

Since October 9th, soldiers and officers from the Quang Binh Provincial Military Command have quickly lent local victims a helping hand to overcome the flood aftermath effectively.

Special gifts were given to Mr. Le Van Diep, Hoang Van Ninh and Ngo Tam families in acknowledgement of their efforts to save lives of hundreds of people. Hundreds of people in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces did the same brave deeds. They dared to sacrifice their lives for the lives of their compatriots.

“Our family thank you for these necessities”, said Ho Thi Tuyet, as receiving a mosquito net and a canvas.

Besides, 500 notebooks, 500 ball-point pens and other essential facilities were given to pupils at Primary School No.4 in Son Trach Commune.

Tran Thanh Lam, a 4th grader, touchingly said that “My house was swept away. However, soldiers helped and encouraged us much. Hardly, we can thank you enough!”

It kept raining heavily. The aid-carrying car was still on its way to give assistance to the needy. The aid, though small, was very meaningful for flood victims as it came at the right moment.

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Money saved from fireworks cancellation donated to flood-hit localities

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Money saved from fireworks cancellation donated to flood-hit localities

QĐND – Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 20:32 (GMT+7)

The VND5 billion saved from the cancellation of firework displays in 29 different sites in Hanoi on October 10th, will be disbursed to people in flood-hit regions in central Vietnam.

Vice-Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee, Hoang Manh Hien, told VnExpress on October 12th that all the money saved from the fireworks cancellation would be granted to the worst flood-hit provinces such as Quang Binh and Ha Tinh in central Vietnam.

On the same day, the Hanoi leader visited and presented VND2.5 billion to people in Quang Binh Province, VND1.5 billion of which is part of the money saved from the fireworks cancellation.

Meanwhile a delegation from Hanoi authority also visited two flood-hit districts of Bo Trach and Quang Trach in Quang Binh Province and presented 100 gifts worth VND500,000 to families worst hit by recent floods.

Source: Vnexpress

Translated by Vu Hung

Source: QDND