Vietnam to spend on disaster response
HANOI, 5 July 2012: Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development approved, late last week, a US$180 million disaster management project.
According to the ministry, the World Bank will contribute US$150 million towards the overall budget, while the remaining US$30 million will be funded from the national budget.
The project aims to strengthen disaster recovery procedures as well as schemes to mitigate the impact of landslides, typhoons and sea-level rises to minimise human and property loss mainly in the central coastal provinces.
The project will also strive to improve weather forecasts and disaster warning systems at national hydro-meteorological branch level, while disseminating accurate information to the public to give people more time to respond to natural disaster threats.
The ministry added that through medium and small scale investment in infrastructure, the project could reduce disaster risks in the Ca, Ma, Vu Gia-Thu Bon and Tra Khuc-Tra Bong river basins.
The targeted localities include Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Ninh Thuan provinces, and Da Nang city.
However in its first phase, the project will be carried out in the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Nam and Binh Dinh.