Viet Nam

Starting over in flooded central Vietnam

QUANG NGAI, Vietnam - A flood victim in central Vietnam receives kitchen supplies and a blanket. In late October and early November heavy rains caused severe flooding in central Vietnam and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) responded with $30,000 Cdn./$20,000 U.S. The funds went to purchase kitchen pots and pans, blankets, mosquito nets, rice and iron sheets. Various groups, including Vietnamese Mennonites, the local Vietnamese Red Cross and World Concern, are distributing these items.
More rain fell in early December, temporarily stranding Vietnamese Mennonites from Ho Chi Minh City who had traveled to central Vietnam to distribute $4,500 Cdn./$3,000 U.S. worth of MCC and Eastern Mennonite Mission relief items. The group was in Quang Ngai distributing rice and blankets to victims of last month's floods, when heavy rain fell again. Quang Nagi streets were covered with chest-deep water. The Mennonite group finally made it safely home after a 24-hour road trip.

Over five days in early December, more than 6 feet of rain fell on some areas of central Vietnam, washing out rice crops replanted after the earlier floods.