President Trump Shows Sympathy for Vietnam’s Typhoon-hit Victims

Tuan Minh

21:43 10/11/2017

BizLIVE - Before delivering a keynote speech at the APEC CEO Summit in Danang, Vietnam on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his sympathy for victims of a storm that has hard hit Vietnam’s central region.

President Trump Shows Sympathy for Vietnam’s Typhoon-hit Victims

President Trump speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit at the Aryana Convention Center, on Friday in Danang, Vietnam. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

“Before we begin, I want to address all those affected by Typhoon Damrey. Americans are praying for you and for your recovery in the months ahead. Our hearts are united with the Vietnamese people suffering in the aftermath of this terrible storm,” he said.
Typhoon Damrey made landfall in Vietnam on Saturday, November 4 with winds of up to 135 km/hour, and became one of the worst storms to strike Vietnam’s southern coastal region in years. The typhoon brought torrential rains to the southern and central provinces. Affected areas have been heavily flooded and many communes have been isolated.
Newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel J. Kritenbrink today [November 10] announced over $1 million in emergency assistance and longer-term disaster risk reduction support to Vietnam to respond to the impacts of Typhoon Damrey and future disasters.
“With a grant of $250,000 in disaster relief funds, USAID will provide sanitation, health-related, and commodity relief items to the areas of Vietnam most affected by Typhoon Damrey,” said Ambassador Kritenbrink.
The U.S. government last month granted another $800,000 to the Vietnam National Red Cross for disaster preparedness, he added.  
Also on Friday, the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced $1 million in assistance to Vietnam. The announcement was made before President Moon Jae-In arrived in Danang for the gathering of leaders of the 21 Pacific Rim economies.
Before the U.S., Russia and New Zealand granted assistance worth respective $5 million and $500,000 to Vietnam to deal with the aftermath of typhoon Damrey.
Since 2000, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance has provided more than $20 million to address emergency response needs and disaster risk management activities in Vietnam.
Through the Department of Defense, the U.S. government has also provided more than $28 million since 1998 to train military and civilian emergency responders and develop and equip disaster management centers, maritime response centers, and disaster shelters at the community level.