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US aid of US $583,000 to help Vietnam respond to floods

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An agreement on US assistance in improving capacity of flood forecast and response has recently been signed between the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

Accordingly, the US agency will provide aid of US $583,000 for Vietnam to reinforce efforts and systems to give early warnings about floods and the ability to more effectively respond to these natural disasters. The project will begin in November 2009 and will be carried out for 18 months.

Vietnam is a country located in the tropical region within the monsoon and Asia-Pacific storm belt. As a result, it suffers from many natural calamities, especially floods, throughout the year.

According to international scientists, Vietnam is now one of the worlds 10 most calamity-affected nations. In fact, Vietnam frequently suffers from a variety of disasters: storms, floods, landslides, droughts, and so on.

Reports from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development indicated that 750 people died from natural disasters with material losses valued at 1.5 per cent of GDP a year, on average, for the past 10 years.