Quaûng Ngaõi village gets help to build flood-proof houses
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