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Cuba Sends Condolences to Victims of Vietnam’s Deadly Floods

  • Vietnam and Cuba have long been allies, as shown by the crowds paying tribute to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Hanoi last year.

    Vietnam and Cuba have long been allies, as shown by the crowds paying tribute to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Hanoi last year. | Photo: Reuters

Published 3 November 2017
Opinion

Vietnam has been experiencing some of its worst floods in recent years, with rains in the central and northern regions having caused more than 75 deaths.

Cuban President Raul Castro has sent a message of solidarity to Vietnam, where some of the most deadly floods in its recent history have wreaked havoc over the past month.

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"On behalf of the Communist Party, government and people of Cuba, I extend the deepest condolences for the human and material losses suffered after the floods and landslides, caused by the heavy rains that affected several provinces in the northern region of the country," Castro wrote.

Castro asked that his message be forwarded to the Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong; President Tran Dai Quang; and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, along with the families of all the victims.

Vietnam has been experiencing some of the worst floods in its history in recent years, with rains in the central and northern regions killing more than 75 people. At least 35 people are still missing, with thousands more having been forced to evacuate.

Rains are expected to continue until November 8, causing yet more high floods, flash floods, and landslides in both mountainous and low-lying areas, according to a warning by Vietnam's Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention.

Solidarity between Vietnam and Cuba extends back many decades. Vietnam was one of the few countries that sent aid to Cuba in the wake of Hurricane Irma after the Category 5 storm tore along the Caribbean island's coast in September.

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