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Russia sends USD5m in humanitarian aid to Vietnam following floods
Nov 13 2017

Russia has just sent over 40 tonnes of goods worth USD5 million to support victims of the Storm Damrey in Vietnam

According to a statement announced by the Kremlin on November 7, the humanitarian aid came following President Putin’s instructions after discussing with the Russian Prime Minister, emergencies minister, and finance minister regarding the situation in Vietnam, which was devastated by Typhoon Damrey last weekend.

President Putin also expressed his hope that other APEC member economies attending the APEC Summit will also show solidarity with the Vietnamese people, the Kremlin said.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang sent a letter expressing his sincere thanks to the valuable support from President Putin, the Russian government and people to Vietnamese people.
Typhoon Damrey, which made landfall in central Vietnam on November 4, and subsequent floods and landslides killed at least 89 people while 18 others are still missing. It has also destroyed more than 1,300 houses, damaged nearly 115,000 houses, and sunk or damaged nearly 1,300 fishing boats.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired an emergency meeting on the disaster. Ministers said that because some dams were so full, water might need to be released to relieve pressure - potentially worsening flooding downstream.

In Da Nang, authorities called on soldiers and local people to clean up so that the central city would be ready for delegates attending APEC meetings, which began on November 6.

Da Nang, which hosted President Putin and other world leaders attending the APEC Summit, including US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, was spared the worst of the damage. However, heavy rain has still flooded nearly 11,000 houses in Hoa Vang district, forcing more than 300 households to evacuate and causing around VND44 billion ($1.94 million) in damage.

The storm moved from the coastal area into a key coffee-growing region of the world’s biggest producer of Robusta coffee beans. The typhoon damaged some coffee trees at the start of the harvest season, farm officials said. But farmers in Dak Lak province, the heart of the region, said the damage was limited. - Dtinews.vn