Leaders and staff from the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK
raise funds to support residents in the Central region (Photo: baoquocte.vn)

The event attracted the participation of Vietnamese people living in Vientiane, Vietnamese enterprises operating in Laos and embassy staff.

At the event, over 750 million VND (32,200 USD) was collected.

Addressing the event, Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung spoke highly of the support by the Vietnamese community in Laos, affirming that the embassy will soon send the money to affected families.

In addition, Vientiane-based Phat Tich Pagoda held a requiem for soldiers, officers and civilians killed in the recent devastating floods and landslides in the central region.

The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa held a fundraising ceremony on October 23 to support the residents in Vietnam’s Central region to overcome the serious consequences of the floods.

This is a practical activity to respond to the call of the General Secretary, State President Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the Vietnam Red Cross and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour.

Speaking at the fundraising event, Vietnamese Ambassador to South Africa Hoang Van Loi reported the serious impacts of Storm No. 6 and Storm No. 7 in the central provinces, expressing his emotions at the great loss of people of the Central region, as well as the sacrifices of military officers and soldiers in the process of rescuing and helping people.

At the ceremony, each officer and staff member from the embassy and other representative agencies donated at least one day's salary to contribute to supporting the residents in the central region to overcome the disaster consequences and soon stabilize their lives.

In the framework of the ceremony, the ambassador also announced the forms and addresses to receive direct support at the Central Relief Fund, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front and the People’s Committee in provinces and cities, either by bank transfer to the Vietnamese money account and foreign currency account of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front or through the Embassy.

The fund-raising activities will be carried out in the coming days to continue receiving donations from organizations and individuals among the Vietnamese community in South Africa.  

On the same day, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK launched a campaign to raise funds to support disaster victims in the central region of Vietnam.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Tran Ngoc An expressed sympathies to locals in the central region over the great losses in human lives and property due to the serious and prolonged flooding.

He called on the embassy staff, the Vietnamese community in the UK and local friends to join hands in assisting the victims to overcome the consequences of the disaster and stabilize their lives.

At the event, the organizers collected over 5,000 pounds (over 6,520 USD).

The Vietnamese Embassy in the UK will also carry out more activities to call for donations to the fund to help people in the central region to overcome difficulties.

According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, flooding that began on October 6 had killed 111 people and left 22 missing nationwide as of 7am on October 21. Some 371 ha of rice paddies have been submerged, 7,126 ha of crops damaged, and over 700,000 head of cattle and poultry killed or swept away./.