Typhoon Damage Bill Exceeds VND10 Trillion

The National Committee for Flood and Storm Protection estimates Typhoon Xangsane caused property damage of VND10.4 trillion (about US$650 million), mainly in Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam.

The human cost of the giant storm was 76 dead or missing and 532 seriously injured.

Mr. Hung talks to Da Nang residents about their losses

At the committee’s review meeting on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung said government agencies at all levels had made a concerted effort to keep human and property losses to a minimum.

He asked the ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front to hone their mechanisms for attracting national and international relief for the victims of natural disasters.

At the meeting, Mr. Le Huy Ngo officially stood down as chairman of the Flood and Storm Protection Committee in favor of Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat.

Peple try to collect something left in a flatten house

It was also announced that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had ordered that salt be provided for the people of typhoon-affected Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

Later the same day, Vice Chairman Le Hieu Dang of the Ho Chi MInh City Fatherland Front Committee presented VND1.6 billion to his counterparts in Da Nang.

The money will be used to rebuild the flattened homes of 160 poor families and provide more than three tons of food.

To date, Ho Chi Minh City residents have contributed VND3,036 billion to the Fatherland Front’s typhoon relief fund.

By staff writer - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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