Central flashfloods leave at least 118 dead or missing

Typhoon Mirinae hit the central region on November 2, bringing heavy rains and floods that left 118 people dead and missing, 88 injured, and lots of house and road casualties.

Flood victims in Phuoc Nghia Commune, Binh Dinh Province, receive instant noodle from Sai Gon Giai Phong relief staff on November 5 (Photo: SGGP)

According to the Flood and Storm Prevention Center for the Central and Central Highlands regions, by November 5, over 60,130 houses were destroyed and inundated.
 
Storm-caused floodwaters caused heavy damage to nearly 600 classrooms, infirmaries and offices, ruined more than 30,000 hectares of rice and other crops, 913 hectares of aquaculture farms, and 2,111 farm rafts, and broke and sank 128 boats.
 
The storm has also caused loss of power and landslide, which has blocked many roads and isolated many areas.
 
The Vietnam Railways Corporation said by November 5, the typhoon ruined over 70 kilometers of railway in the central region, and it has spent VND26.5 billion ($1.47 million) repairing damaged rails at 25 locations so that trains can resume soon.
 
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung announced Nov.5  the provision of a VND225 billion ($12.5 million) aid program and 10,000 tons of rice to victims in the central provinces of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and the Central Highland province of Gia Lai.

Rail workers repair a broken stretch of railway in Dong Xuan District, Phu Yen Province (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of National Defense has assigned more than 4,000 staff and soldiers to help people evacuate, ensure security around inundated areas and clear traffic chaos.

Six helicopter providing relief aid have carried 25,000 tons of goods to residents of central Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces.
 
The Ministry of Health has sent 500,000 tablets of Cloramin B to sterilize water in flooded areas plus 100 life vests.
 
Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross, Sai Gon Giai Phong and other companies and organizations have also raised fund and provided aid for flood-hit people.
 
On the same day, Party Secretary General Nong Duc Manh visited Binh Dinh Province and asked the province to ensure food, drink and medicine for flood-stuck locals.
 
He said the Party pledged that State and local authorities will provide assistance to help the victims resume their normal lives soon.

The Party leader extended his sympathy to bereaved families and those who had seriously suffered from the destruction of typhoon Mirinae which has recently wreaked havoc in the central region.

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By staff reporters – Translated by Hoang Yen

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