Red Cross appeals for one million dollars for Vietnam floods

18th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The international Red Cross on Monday appealed for more than one million dollars in aid for victims of heavy flooding in Vietnam.

"With large parts of central Vietnam still battling the after-effects of flooding, which has killed dozens of people and affected half a million residents, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is launching an emergency appeal for 1,034,754 Swiss francs (1.08 million dollars, 772,216 euros) to assist survivors," it said in a statement.

Federation spokesman Paul Conneally told AFP the numbers affected included those who were displaced or who had suffered damage to homes, land or agricultural property.

Vietnamese authorities said on Monday that the death toll from floods caused by heavy rain in central Vietnam rose to 32, with an unknown number missing after a bus became submerged, and 150,000 homes were under water.

The Red Cross said fresh flooding since last week had added to damage from torrential rains earlier in the month, when rivers burst their banks and dams overflowed.

© 2010 AFP

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