Russia offers US$ 5 million aid to Vietnam in flood recovery

Wednesday, 2017-11-08 04:34:36
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Flood in central Thua Thien-Hue province (Photo VNA)
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NDO/ VNA – Russian President Vladimir Putin directed the provision of US$ 5 million in aid for Vietnam to overcome consequences of typhoon Damrey, on November 7.

The aircraft Il-76 is to carry relief goods from Russia to Vietnam.

Speaking to the media, Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed his hope that the humanitarian initiative would be welcomed by many countries.

Russia calls on the global community, including those attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting, to show solidarity with the Vietnamese people, he said.

Peskov added that Putin discussed with Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, Minister of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Vladimir Puchkov, and Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov about the damage caused by the storm in Vietnam.

Causing the most serious damage over the past two decades, typhoon Damrey made landfall in central Vietnam at a time when the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week is on-going in the central city of Da Nang from November 6-11.

The typhoon has so far left 69 dead, 30 injured, tens of thousands of people evacuated, and collapsed over 120,700 houses.

It also damaged transport infrastructure and left many areas without power.