Thailand donates US$100,000 to relieve Vietnam’s drought-hit areas

Wednesday, 2016-06-15 11:41:49
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At the hand-over ceremony (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The Thai Government, people and numerous businesses have donated US$10,000 to assist Vietnamese people who are facing the brunt of drought and salt intrusion in the region.

The money was handed over to President of Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan by Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Manopchai Vongphakdi at a function held in Hanoi on June 14.

The Thai Ambassador said that the aid represents the sentiment and generosity of the Thai government, people and business community towards Vietnamese people who are being negatively affected by the severe weather conditions.

He also affirmed Thailand’s willingness to share experiences in coping with drought and salinization.

For his part, VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his appreciation for the donors, pledging that the money will be promptly allocated to people in need.

Over the past ten months, more than 420,000 households in Vietnam were affected by drought and saline intrusion, which have inflicted a loss of around VND 6.4 trillion (US$286.9 million).

The natural disaster has also caused difficulties for over 1.5 million people in accessing clean water and maintaining agricultural activities.