(VOV) - Nearly 85,000 people in 12 communes of the southcentral provinces of Phu Yen and Binh Dinh have directly benefited from the US$600,000 disaster risk reduction project sponsored by the Norwegian Red Cross over the past two years.
The figure was released at a meeting held by the Vietnam Red Cross in Phu Yen on December 17 to review the project results.
The project aimed to improve the capacity and skills of local people, cadres, and Red Cross members, especially women, children, the disabled and elderly, to mitigate and deal with the impacts of natural disasters, as well as upgrading local infrastructure and provide communications equipment.
Money from the project was used to provide training courses for more than 300 teachers and 2,000 pupils and build 237 new motorboats capable of carrying 5-25 passengers each. It also was used to construct nine evacuation sites to accommodate 2,700-4,500 people and roads to prevent floods.
Nearly 1,000 households were financially supported to buy water tanks and water filters, and 26 disadvantaged households received money to build new houses.
In the coming year, the project will be implemented in five more communes in Phu Yen, Binh Dinh and Lao Cai provinces.