Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (PRWEB) October 11, 2006
AmCham HCMC will donate US$ 5,000 to Vietnam’s Red Cross to support relief operations for those affected by Typhoon Xangsane. “We are terribly saddened by the loss of life and property caused by the direct hit of this strong typhoon in Vietnam’s Central Region,” said AmCham HCMC Chairman Walter Blocker.
According to disaster relief officials, more than 70 people in Vietnam have been confirmed dead or missing, more than 520 people injured, US$ 620 million dollars of economic losses, with 300,000 houses and nearly 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of crops affected.
Mr. Blocker added, “AmCham and its member companies always stand ready to support the Vietnam Red Cross relief operations in response to natural disasters, such as Typhoon Xangsane in Central Vietnam, or floods in the Mekong Delta.”
Separately, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announced that the United States will provide urgent disaster relief to the people of Vietnam in response to humanitarian needs following the damage caused by Typhoon Xangsane.
On October 6, the U.S. Embassy Hanoi, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, announced that it will contribute US$ 100,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for support of relief operations by the Red Cross of Vietnam. The funds will be used to purchase essential relief supplies to support those affected by the typhoon.
About the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (AmCham) – Ho Chi Minh City
AmCham Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City is an international member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. With over 325 member companies ranging from large Fortune 100 companies such as ConocoPhillips, Intel, and FedEx, to hundreds of professional service providers and small and medium businesses, AmCham Vietnam members manage about $2.6 billion in U.S.-related investment in Vietnam, and manage or support most of the $8.0 billion a year in bilateral trade between the United States and Vietnam.