A ceremony to hand over the gifts to representatives of the localities was held in the central city of Da Nang on February 9th, several days ahead of the traditional New Year. The event drew Lao Consul General in Da Nang Khamsene Phommaseng.

At the event, Anouphap Tounalom, President of Vientiane’s Vietnam-Laos Friendship Association presented 77 tonnes of glutinous rice, 500 T-shirts to Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces.

Of which, Quang Tri received 10 tonnes; Thua Thien-Hue, 10 tonnes; Da Nang, 5 tonnes; Quang Nam, 16 tonnes; Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh, 18 tonnes each.

He said that right after learning of the localities’ losses due to Typhoon Damrey, the 12th of its kind in 2017, the association called for donation from Laos’ community as part of its efforts to give a helping hand to those hit by the storm to overcome difficulties and enjoy a warm Tet festival.

Typhoon Damrey hit Vietnam on November 4th, affecting more than 4.3 million people and damaging some 303,500 houses./.