Quaûng Ngaõi vil­lage gets help to build flood-proof houses

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QUAÛNG NGAÕI — Peo­ple in a small vil­lage in cen­tral Quaûng Ngaõi Prov­ince are very fa­mil­iar with deal­ing with floods that sweep through their houses from the Veä River.

Lo­cated near the river, the vil­lage floods at least three times per year. Each time, much of the prop­erty of the res­i­dents, in­clud­ing ba­sic fur­ni­ture, is lost.

How­ever, the Gov­ern­ment’s pro­gramme to help im­pov­er­ished house­holds build flood-re­sis­tant houses has changed the lives of the vil­lagers.

Nguyeãn Vaên Cuùc, a res­i­dent of Haønh Thieän Com­mune’s Phuù Laâm Taây Vil­lage, is one of the peo­ple re­ceiv­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to build a flood-proof house.

Stand­ing in front of the house, Cuùc said it has helped his fam­ily

“When we are warned about an up­com­ing flood, we had to rush to bring an­i­mals and prop­erty to high po­si­tions to avoid losses.”

live through floods.

“All of us, from chil­dren to the el­derly, had to be ready at any time,” he said. “When we are warned about an up­com­ing flood, we had to rush to bring an­i­mals and prop­erty to high po­si­tions to avoid losses.”

Cuùc said he was afraid of not be­ing ready for floods.

The flood-re­sis­tant house has helped his fam­ily save their pos­ses­sions and keep ba­sic fur­ni­ture to sur­vive un­til the wa­ter re­cedes.

One vil­lager, Nguyeãn Thò Minh Nhung, said she put rice and some fur­ni­ture on the top of the house to pre­pare for the floods.

“We used to be fright­ened as the wa­ter was too fast to move our prop­erty,” she said. “Things are much bet­ter now.”

The pi­lot pro­gramme was ap­proved by the Gov­ern­ment in 2012. It will help as many as 700 poor house­holds in 14 flood-prone com­munes in seven prov­inces, in­clud­ing Thanh Hoùa, Ngheä An, Haø Tónh, Quaûng Bình, Quaûng Nam, Quaûng Ngaõi and Phuù Yeân.

Each house, with a min­i­mum floor area of 10 square me­tres, costs at least VNÑ30 mil­lion (US$1,290).

VNÑ10 mil­lion ($430) in fund­ing for the house comes from the State bud­get, a fur­ther VNÑ10 mil­lion comes in the form of a favourable loan from the Bank of So­cial Pol­icy, and the rest is pro­vided by the house­hold.

Hoà Kim Vieät, lo­cal of­fi­cial work­ing to im­ple­ment the pro­gramme, told Vieät Nam News Agency that pre­vi­ously, many house­holds lived in poverty after a flood.

The his­toric flood in Novem­ber 2013 was an ex­am­ple. Four peo­ple were in­jured and 1,690 houses were sub­merged, caus­ing losses of nearly VNÑ 25 bil­lion ($1.07 mil­lion).

Since the prov­ince was cho­sen to im­ple­ment the pro­gramme as a trial, as many as 450 flood-re­sis­tant houses have been built.

Vieät said lo­cal res­i­dents hoped the pro­gramme would ex­pand to all house­holds near the poverty line and those who just got out of poverty to help them avoid a re­lapse.

“A flood can turn a nor­mal fam­ily into an im­pov­er­ished one,” he said. “I hope all the house­holds are sup­ported to build their own flood­proof houses.”

Traàn Duy Cöôøng, di­rec­tor of the provin­cial Bank of So­cial Poli­cies, said the bank has asked the provin­cial Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee to com­bine fi­nan­cial sup­port from non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions with the pro­gramme’s fund to help more peo­ple build the houses in the near fu­ture. — VNS

NGUYEÃN VAÊN CUÙC, RES­I­DENT

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