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USAID launches second phase of disaster assistance in central region

Released at: 09:58, 29/09/2017

USAID launches second phase of disaster assistance in central region

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Phase II of Building Resilience to Natural Hazards in Central Vietnam project launched on September 28, with grant of $1.54 million.

by Hai Van

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Phase II of the Building Resilience to Natural Hazards in Central Vietnam project on September 28.

Phase II will be implemented by the American Red Cross with five consortium members: Vietnam Red Cross, Plan International, Help Age International, Catholic Relief Services, and Save the Children.

With a grant of $1.54 million, Phase II is expected to benefit 37,000 people directly and 200,000 people indirectly in the four targeted provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Quang Trim by helping them be better prepared for natural disasters. Phase II will utilize a community-based approach to help communities increase their resilience against disasters. Consortium partners will continue to provide support for the improvement of early warning systems, raise disaster preparedness awareness, and conduct training on first aid and search and rescue.

Vietnam remains vulnerable to a host of weather-related risks and climate change impacts, including floods. The recent typhoon Doksuri clearly demonstrated the importance of being prepared and able to effectively respond to disasters. Since 2000, USAID’s Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance has provided more than $20 million to address emergency response needs and disaster risk management activities in Vietnam.

USAID is the lead US Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential, and partners to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity. It fundamentally believes that ending extreme poverty requires enabling inclusive, sustainable growth, promoting free, peaceful, and self-reliant societies with effective, legitimate governments, and building human capital and creating social safety nets that reach the poorest and most vulnerable.

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