Life jacket scarcity following historic central region floods

24-Oct-2020 Intellasia | VNExplorer | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The central region’s flooding has resulted in a sharp rise in demand for life-jackets.

Over the past few days, Quan Anh in HCM City’s Go Vap District has failed to find a life-jacket supplier. He said that some shops told him that they had sold out three days ago.

An owner of a life-jacket shop in District 5 said that a life-vest for children is priced at between VND30,000-60,000 (USD1.3-2.17), depending on different sizes. However, only smaller sizes are currently available.

She offered the life-jackets at half price for people who bought them for flood-ravaged victims in central localities.

According to Nguyen Minh Hai who owns a life-vest shop in Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi, lots of charity groups have visited her shop to buy life-jackets to donate to flood-hit areas in the past four days. Some wanted to buy up to 1,000 life-jackets.

Nguyen Thuy in Quang Ninh Province wants to buy around 500 lifejackets for her charity programme, but has been informed that she would have to wait for some days to come.

Taking advantage of this tragedy, many shops have increased lifejacket prices by 2-3 times.

The Hanoi Department of Market Management has tightened control over business activities related to the flood response efforts, including life-jackets.


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