HCMC to Get Rescue Boats, Helicopters

Two rescue boats, two helicopters and other equipment will be provided for future emergenciesNguyen Trung Tin, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee announced in Can Gio yesterday.

        Mr. Nguyen Trung Tin

On a post-typhoon visit to the battered coastal district, Mr. Nguyen Trung Tin praised the border guards stationed in Thanh An Commune for their prompt evacuation of residents from the path of Typhoon Durian and for managing to rescue 52 fishermen at sea without proper gear, and granted them VND5 million from city funds.

Also in Can Gio yesterday, Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan and members of the city’s Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Protection distributed gifts among the residents of Thanh An island and border guards stationed in Can Thanh Town, Long Hoa Commune.

Addressing a meeting later, Mr. Quan spoke highly of the district’s leaders and the Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Protection for the successful evacuation of residents to safe shelter.

Because of their responsible actions, he said, nobody had been reported dead, and boat losses and damage had been kept to a minimum.

He then directed the Can Gio People’s Committee to help the locals get back on their feet, and told them to organize the offshore fishermen into groups that could assist each other in times of trouble.

Chairman Quan finished up by announcing a public meeting in the near future where the locals could discuss measures for storm protection and criticize those residents who delayed leaving the danger zones even as Typhoon Durian was closing in.

By CP - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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