Storm ‘Wutip’ leaves massive destruction across Central Vietnam

Storm ‘Wutip’ left a trail of destruction across Central Vietnam, with nine people reportedly killed, 199 others injured, 372 houses knocked down, 194.137 houses unroofed and crops and cattle destroyed, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.

People on the way to give donation to locals in storm-hit Quang Tri province (Photo: SGGP)

The storm broke electricity poles and lines, flattened thousands of hectares of crops, and damaged innumerable boats.

795 schools, offices, medical facilities and public construction works were inundated with floodwaters. 372 houses were flattened, 25,783 houses were submerged and 194,137 house roofs were blown off.

Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue Provinces were the worst-hit, suffering damages of up to VND4,915 billion (US$ 233 million).

Vo Thi Dung, Head of the Fatherland Front Committee in Ho Chi Minh City has appealed for assistance for victims of Storm ‘Wutip’. Right after her appeal, 29 companies in HCMC donated more than VND4.6 billion (US$218,085).

The City has given VND5 billion to six storm-hit provinces, supporting Quang Binh Province alone with VND2 billion.

Vo Thi Dung said she will call for support from all Vietnamese people from all walks of life, to contribute one day salary or one day of business profit. Any individual and organization can give donations at 55 Mac Dinh Chi Street in District 1 or transfer to account 00870406001484 of Ky Hoa Branch of Saigonbank or give directly to the Vietnam Fatherland Front.

Weather forecasts say heavy showers will hit central and highland provinces from Nghe An to Kon Tum, and swelling rivers are posing a serious threat to lives of people there.

Furthermore, continuous rains in Ha Tinh Province in Central Vietnam and Ho Ho Hydroelectricity Plant discharging water have caused heavy flooding, affecting hundreds of households.

The Department of Education and Training in Cam Xuyen and Thach Ha Districts have allowed 9,000 students to quit school these days. On October 2, 42 Communes including 90,000 households in Ha Tinh Province had still lived in darkness, with electricity lines and poles lying damaged.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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