Relief news update from central Âu Lạc (Vietnam) - 2 Jan 2010  
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Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association relief news update from central Âu Lạc (Vietnam).
As tropical storm Mirinae made landfall in central Âu Lạc on November 2, over 40 people perished due to serious flooding and widespread damage in the provinces of  Bình Định, Phú Yên, Gia Lai, and Khánh Hòa.

On November 4, Supreme Master Ching Hai conveyed much sorrow and her prayers as she donated US$15,000. This amount could acquire US$252,000 in urgent items in the United States, based on Âu Lạc’s cost of living.

She also requested that our Association members go help the most desperate, including the orphaned, the elderly and the neglected. After initial work was completed in Bình Định province, our Association’s Aulacese (Vietnamese) relief team traveled to Phú Yên, covering their transport and related expenses with US$3,200
of their own funds.

Once there, they visited two hamlets that had lost some 22 community and family members with more than 150 collapsed homes. The villagers were given supplies such as rice, drinking water, and blankets, along with financial assistance according to each household’s situation.

Hội Tín Village Head in Phú Yên, Âu Lạc (M): Today, people are very happy to receive Supreme Master Ching Hai’s concern and help. As the village chief, I’d like people to use this gift to repair their houses.
On behalf of Hội Tín villagers, I’d also like to thank Supreme Master Ching Hai.

VOICE: The relief team then went to the Gia Lai and Khánh Hòa provinces, where villages were also severely affected. They distributed over 150 packages of rice as well as cookers, cotton for making pillows, medicine, cookies, and monetary support. Village leaders and co-citizens alike expressed their thanks, often with tears to Supreme Master Ching Hai.

Tư Uốk Village Head in Gia Lai, Âu Lạc (M): On behalf of my village, I would like to thank Supreme Master Ching Hai and your Association members for supporting our village during the recent flood season.
My respectful gratitude also for your material gift and love to our village.

VOICE: We are also grateful for Supreme Master Ching Hai’s assistance that brings comfort to the most distressed, and we also appreciate the dedicated endeavors of our Association’s relief team. May Heaven bless the Aulacese people with a quick recovery to their day-to-day lives as such events are minimized through humanity’s conscientious shift towards environmental harmony.