"Conditions remain difficult for victims," explained Chris Gilson, Catholic Relief Services Country Representative in Vietnam. "The assistance we are providing is both timely and much needed."
Catholic Relief Services' Response
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Catholic Relief Services delivered 10,000 mosquito nets and 5,000 cooking kits to families in two districts of Quang Tri province and three districts of Thua Thien-Hue province. Agency staff continue to work in close coordination with the local provincial authorities.
Catholic Relief Services also aims to assist with long term assistance by providing rice to farmers engaged in land clearing projects, nets to fishermen, and supplies for rebuilding schools.
Catholic Relief Services' specific flood response:
1. The distribution of emergency relief items:
- Water purification tablets
- Anti-diarrhea medicine
- Antibiotic ointment
- Cough medicine
- Mosquito nets
- Cooking utensils
- Rebuilding schools in Quang Tri Province
- Providing rice, rice seedlings and tools to farmers in Thua Thien-Hue Province
- Fishing nets to fishermen in Thua Thien-Hue Province
Floodwaters have eased after the most severe floods to hit Viet Nam's central provinces in recorded history. The flooding damaged thousands of hectares of cultivated fields, killed cows and buffaloes (vital for plowing the rice fields), and swept away or damaged more than 10,000 tons of rice seedlings almost ready for transplantion into the rice paddies.
In Quang Nam province, 400 hectares of land was swept away and 1,200 hectares were filled with mud and debris.
Catholic Relief Services first worked in Vietnam between 1951 and 1975, distributing food and supplies and supporting social services. The agency returned in 1992 and focuses on agriculture, enterprise development and education programs.
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