Deaths, losses reported in central province

Storm Noul, which hit central Vietnam this week, claimed the lives of 22 people and caused damage of around VND143 billion (US$8.4 million), the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has estimated.

An elementary teacher saved by road workers from landslides  in Tra Bong District (Photo:SGGP)

Swollen with rainwater, rivers in the central province of Quang Ngai to Phu Yen passed the first-stage warning level and rose to close to the second-stage level on Thursday and Friday, the Central Hydro-Meteorological Center reported.

A boy was swept away from the Go Sa Bridge in the central province of Quang Ngai on Thursday, People’s Committee Chairman Vo Huynh said.

The weather caused landslides in Tra Bong district which buried three Tra Lanh Elementary School teachers.

Luckily, road workers noticed the accident and saved two of the teachers.

Agriculture and Rural Development Deputy Minister Dao Xuan Hoc toured Phu My and Phu Cat districts in the central province of Binh Dinh to direct authorities and residents to fortify embankments. The province authorities have reported eight deaths so far.

After two days of searching, the body of 13-year-old Ho Van Tin was found in the central province of Quang Nam, the provincial Steering Board of Flood and Storm Prevention and Control said.

In the mountainous district of Phuoc Son, the weather has caused landslides that closed some roads. Duy Xuyen District was completely isolated for four days.

Thua Thien – Hue Province administrations have evacuated nine households in Phu Vang District after tidal waves caused landslides. Several more households will also be moved to safe shelters.

Flooding water submerged houses and more than 5,000 hectare of crops in the highland provinces of Gia Lai and Dak Lak.

In an urgent message on November 27, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked administrations and relevant agencies to take all measures to prepare for more flooding in order to limit the damage. More torrential rain is forecast for the next few days.

Provincial chairmen have been ordered to closely supervise flood preparation work and put agencies on high alert for any emergencies.

A tropical low pressure, north of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, is generating force five winds of 29 to 38 kilometers an hour, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control said.

The committee ordered responsible agencies to broadcast the news to boat owners and keep tabs on offshore ships.

By staff writers - Translated by Anh Dao

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