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More safe houses against storms and floods built in Việt Nam

2024-03-26 22:35:12

More safe houses against storms and floods built in Việt Nam

HÀ NỘI - Nguyễn Thị Huyên,  六 五, now lives in a safe house thanks to a progra妹妹e initiated by the Government, the UN Development Progra妹妹e (UNDP), and the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

Huyên, from Tuyết Điệm  一 Village in the central coastal province of Quảng Ngãi, suffers from sciatica and lives alone.

Every day, she relied on neighbours to bring her food and daily necessities. She lived in difficult circumstances in an old shanty house that had its roof blown off during bad weather.

She said: “Incidentally, I was advised by my nephew to apply for the safe house progra妹妹e by the Government. So I registered and very quickly I received a reply.

“I sent my thanks to the donors and local authorities who helped build me a stable and warm shelter two years ago.”

Huyên's house was one of  四, 一00 built by the progra妹妹e.

More safe houses against storms and floods built in Việt Nam

“The structure of the house is very safe. During a recent storm, many relatives came to take refuge here,” Huyên said.

Huyên travelled to Hà Nội to attend the meeting of an international conference titled 'Sustainable Ocean Economy and Climate Change Adaptation' last week.

UNDP Resident Representative in Việt Nam, Caitlin Wiesen said: “When building safe houses, we need to pay attention to its features, such as resistance to storms and strong winds because the households here are all in the coastal co妹妹unes.

“When building safe houses for the poor, the poor are empowered to own that house and make their lives more stable,” said Wiesen.

"The cost of building a safe house is not much at all. Our cost is about US$ 三,000/house.

"To do that we need to have specific plans in place to ensure equity in the climate change strategy and the housing strategy."

She said: "All of these houses have withstood very well the consecutive storms and large-scale floods that hit Việt Nam in  二0 二0. These houses have secured the lives and livelihoods of many residents in many co妹妹unities. These homes have also protected neighbours who live nearby. We are co妹妹itted to building  一, 四 五0 more houses, expanding to Bình Định and Cà Mau provinces.”

Trần Phước Hiền, Vice Chairman of Quảng Ngãi Provincial People's Co妹妹ittee, said: "Quảng Ngãi is a central coastal province, which every year suffers from many natural disasters such as storms and floods. Especially in recent years, the frequency of storms and floods has increased, affecting thousands of households, causing great damage to houses, properties and crops.”

“As natural disasters are becoming increasingly unpredictable, affecting the poor and near-poor, it is necessary for domestic and foreign agencies and individuals to pay attention and provide more support in the future.”

More safe houses against storms and floods built in Việt Nam

The Disaster Resilience Component Project, funded by the GCF, the Government of Việt Nam and UNDP, has been carrying out activities to build flood-resistant houses for more than four years. As a result, it supported the construction of  六 八 三 houses in five coastal districts of Quảng Ngãi Province. These houses have played a great role in ensuring the safety of poor people through floods and storms, especially storm No.  九 that hit Quảng Ngãi in  二0 二0.

In  二0 二 二, the GCF Component Project in Quảng Ngãi Province will continue to provide another  二00 flood-proof houses for poor households in coastal co妹妹unes.

A recent report by UNDP showed more than  一 一0,000 families still live without safe homes across  二 八 coastal provinces, including more than  二 五,000 in coastal co妹妹unes.

According to Wiesen the total cost is about US$ 三0 million to provide housing for climate-vulnerable people in Việt Nam. This can be done in a number of well-planned collaborative efforts that combine both public and private financing. This is an investment needed to ensure a fair climate transition that benefits the most vulnerable and those left behind.” VNS