Twenty-two dead, missing persons reported after storm

The recent storm killed 19 people in all, including one in Nghe An Province, four in Ha Tinh, eight in Quang Binh, six in Quang Nam, with 92 people injured and three still reported missing.

Residents in Quang Trach District in Quang Binh Province seek for safe shelter in the storm (Photo: SGGP)

Local governments in central and central highland provinces are moving swiftly to help residents overcome the devastation left in the aftermath of the eleventh cyclonic storm of the year which has caused mass scale damage across the region.

Electric power has been reconnected for most households and sanitary workers are busy cleaning up the muck and debris.

About 40 percent of houses in the central provinces, whose roofs were blown off in the storm, have new roofs. In north central provinces from Quang Binh to Nghe An repair work is in full swing.

Luu Van Tien, Deputy Chief of Road -Traffic Police Department in Ha Tinh Province, on October 18 said that Highway 1A through Xuan Hong and Xuan Lam Communes in Nghi Xuan District is still submerged under water. Water level measures 70 cm, which is causing a traffic gridlock.

Police in Ha Tinh mobilized 100 staff into four groups for round-the-clock duty to prevent vehicles from passing over dangerous roads and guide them to other safer roads.

Sai Gon Giai Phong delegation led by Editor – in – Chief Nguyen Tan Phong arrived in the central province of Thua Thien Hue on October 18. Accordingly, SGGP in coordination with the Red Cross Society in Thua Thien-Hue Province visited and handed over 84 presents totally worth  VND50 million to locals in Phu Loc District in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. Accordingly, five flattened houses received VND2 million each as financial support, one family whose a part of their house was damaged in the storm received VND1 million and 78 other houses, whose roofs were blown off in the storm, received VND500,000 each.

Vu Trong Kim, Head of the Central Relief Board and General Secretary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, on October 18 visited and handed over VND2.1 billion (US$100,000) to support victims of Storm ‘Wutip’ in the central province of Ha Tinh. On the same day, Maj. Gen. Nguyen Canh Hien, Deputy Commander of Vietnam Border Guards, donated VND1 billion ($50,000) to storm victims.

Border guards give instant noodles to residents in storm hit district (Photo: SGGP)

The Vietnam Red Cross Society granted 800 containers of essential commodities to households in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh Provinces, and operated the safe water system in Quang Binh for daily use of residents. Two volunteer medical teams provide health checks to people in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai.

Through the Vietnam Red Cross Society, the Government of Netherlands gave VND4.3 billion (Euro 150,000) to help people in the central provinces recover after the storm.

The Fatherland Front Committee in the highland province of Lam Dong said it has transferred VND700 million ($33,191) to relief efforts for storm victims.

The People’s Committee in Quang Binh Province granted 1,000 tons of rice and more than 1,000 instant noodle containers for households. The committee also gave families whose houses were flattened, VND20 million ($948) each, in total about VND6.3 billion ($298,719).

At the request of Vietnam Red Cross Society, 40 tons of rice went to Minh Hoa, Quang Trach, Dong Hoi and Le Thuy districts. A total sum of VND960 million ($45,700) also reached 868 households in Tuyen Hoa, Quang Trach, Bo Trach, Quang Binh, Dong Hoi and Le Thuy Districts.

The People’s Committee in Ha Tinh gave people in Huong Son District 500 tons of rice; 5,000 instant noodle containers; Vu Quang District 400 tons of rice and 1,000 instant noodle packs; Huong Khe District 100 tons of rice and 7,000 instant noodle packages.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health in Ha Tinh Province provided locals in storm-hit districts with 100 life jackets, 400,000 Chloramine B and other chemicals for disinfecting the environment. The Ministry of Health has agreed to provide more life jackets, chemicals and drugs.

By staff writers – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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