ADB helps Vietnam to rehabilitate disaster damaged infrastructure

Ha Noi, Jan. 8 (VNA) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved aid worth USD 58.5 million to help Viet Nam rehabilitate their disaster-damaged infrastructure in the Mekong delta and the northern central region.

The amount is part of a USD 73.5 million project for restoring schools, medical stations, roads and bridges in the regions. The Vietnamese Government will supply the remainder.

The ADB says the floods from July to early December last year in nine Mekong delta provinces inundated almost one million ha and seriously damaged infrastructure in the provinces, thus badly affecting more than 6.5 million people.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Wukong bronght havoc to several northern central provinces, particularly Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh and Thanh Hoa in September. More than 800 houses were destroyed and 4,000 were damaged.

The damage caused by the floods in the Mekong delta provinces from July to early December last year is estimated at USD 270 million and the rehabilitation of essential infrastructure is estimated to be more than USD 130 million.--VNA