Emergency Aid for City’s Typhoon-Torn District

Mr. Le Thanh Hai (R) expresses his sympathy to a family with their house destroyed by the typhoon. (Photo: SGGP)

Ho Chi Minh City’s Party chief Le Thanh Hai and vice chairman Nguyen Trung Tin arrived in typhoon Durian-hit Can Gio District on Tuesday to instruct efforts to overcome consequences caused by the killer storm.

The typhoon slammed into the coastal district early Tuesday after hitting Phu Quy Island in Binh Thuan Province. It then swept into the Mekong Delta. The total death toll confirmed by 6 pm Tuesday was 50.

Mr. Hai said the city government had decided on VND7 billion of emergency aid for the victims in Can Gio. Each family with destroyed houses will get VND10 million as support for them to rebuild their houses, and an amount of VND3-5 million will be allocated to each family with house roofs blown off.

He arrived at the district’s Children Culture House where about 500 residents were taking shelter. There was no water and power supply because of the storm.

Can Thanh School in the neighborhood was also home to over 500 residents – some were eating instant noodle without water. All victims here gathered on the ground floor because all roofs on the upper floor were already blown off.

According to a report in the afternoon, more than 200 houses were destroyed in Can Gio, nearly 1,500 other houses were damaged together with six public buildings and 13 schools. Five people were still missing by 4 pm.

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By staff writers – Translated by Minh Tuong

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