Caritas Vietnam


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The prolonged heavy rains from October 6th - 21st caused terrible floods, violent storms and landslides in the Central Vietnam have caused serious damage about people and property. The tragic toll at the moment (October 21st) is of 132 dead, 27 people were still missing, while more than120,000 people had to be evacuated,  and 160,000 houses were flooded deeply. Thua Thien Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh provinces are the most affected areas and had most people dead. There were victims among them were the rescue forces, government officers also buried by landslides.  And property damage is extremely.

In the past 2 days (October 18-20), Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces again were hit by the flood that quickly surpassed the historic peak in 1979 by nearly 1 meter. There are places flooded up to 4 meter deep. More than 166,700 houses were flooded. Particularly, the number of flooded houses in Quang Tri province accounts for 50%. Before that, floods also caused 24,700 houses to be damaged, collapsed, many roads damaged, etc.

Regarding agriculture, more than 924 hectares of rice, 106,000 hectares of crops and 461,000 cattle and poultry were killed and swept away. That is the property damage recorded after nearly 2 weeks in the Central region entered the historic flood. (According to New Zing).

Every year, the number of provinces of the central Vietnam always suffer losses and grief caused by natural disasters. Each terrible storm caused greatly damage to people’s lives and property. But ever never the people of Central Vietnam, especially Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri,  have suffered and experienced such terrible floods and landslides like this year. It is impossible to describe the tragic and pain that people in Central of Vietnam are struggling to struggle and cope with these storms and floods. Besides suffering of losing their beloved ones, they lived in scare, with no food, no clean water, illness, hunger, thirsty and nothingness. They are in dire of help. Terribly is the word that all the Vietnamese in the country, especially the people of the Central Vietnam have to speak out when they talk about the situation of the flood in Central Vietnam now. Everywhere is surrounded by water,  the house is flooded deeply.

Before the painful situation of the people of Central Vietnam, the whole country is heading to the beloved Central Vietnam. There are a lot of philanthropists in the country and out of country, religious congregations, large and small organizations, and so on who have been donating and supporting them.

Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh - President of the Vietnam Catholic Bishops' Conference (VCBC) and Bishop Thomas Vu Dinh Hieu – President of the Commission on Charity and Social Actions of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam – Caritas Vietnam urgently urged Christians to pray and contribute to Central relief. On Behalf of VCBC, some of Bishops also came to be present and gave them loving gifts. On this occasion, Caritas Vietnam also received a lot of donations from Catholic organizations, people in the country and abroad to help the people of Central Vietnam.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. The people of central Vietnam feel they are not alone and abandoned when receiving gifts from every one. However, in the face of the great losses and losses caused by the floods and heavy rains, we are humbly asking you, organizations and individuals to keep them in your prayers and please make a donation to help them during this challenging time. Any amount of money is precious and greatly appreciated.