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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Red Cross appeals for $2.7 million to aid Viet Nam flood victims

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) made a worldwide appeal today for $2.7 million to aid 193,000 victims of the aftermath of the typhoon in Viet Nam, Reuters reported.

The appeal came as provincial reports showed that 88 people have died, and 11 are still missing.

Measurements show that some rivers are at their highest levels since the mid-1980s, causing dykes to burst, and submerging villages in Thanh Hoa and Nghe An. One official reports that the flooding in Thanh Noa was the worst there since 1945.

Officials say that food shortages and waterborne diseases are major concerns for victims. Nearly 1,000 hectares (76,600 acres) of rice in northern and central provinces have been submerged in water due to flooding. “We are calling on rice suppliers to sign another contract for delivering rice to the flood areas in one to two weeks,” IFRC coordinator Thao Van Danh said in Hanoi.

According to the article: “Red Cross officials said the money would help buy mosquito nets, blankets, kitchen sets, water and water containers, rice and building materials for victims of the disaster.”

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