PM: Lessons Must Be Learnt from Last Typhoon

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged ministries, State agencies and local authorities to draw lessons from weather forecast, rescue and relief activities in the aftermath of the recent Typhoon Xangsane.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung (L) talks to Da Nang people affected by Typhoon Xangsane (Photo: SGGP)

The Government leader was holding a working session in Da Nang City on the central coast on Saturday with representatives from various ministries and provinces to review the relief operations conducted after Xangsane wreaked havoc in central Viet Nam early October.

The meeting took place while another storm is heading toward central Viet Nam. Typhoon Cimaron is forecast to hit the region on November 2, the 7th storm to hit the nation this year.

PM Dung said relief efforts must ensure that no-one lacks food. He asked local authorities to try their best to help prevent enterprises from going bankrupt by the typhoon.

The Government leader stressed that relief activities must be done in an open, transparent and fair manner.

The PM asked the Ministry of Finance to promptly complete procedures to get VND100 billion relief from the World Bank for the typhoon-torn central provinces.

He agreed that those enterprises with 70% or more of assets damaged by Typhoon Xangsane would have their bank loans written off, those with the damage rate of 30% or lower would have their bank loans re-scheduled and receive new loans to recover their business operation.

PM Dung wants central provinces to soon work out proper measures to encourage investments into the region.

According to official reports, Typhoon Xangsane caused property losses up to US$600 million, equal to 1% of the country’s GDP this year. Da Nang City, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam provinces were hardest hit. The PM decided to provide Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam with an additional VND80 billion to support them.

By Nguyen Hung – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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