Flood Contained, Comes Tropical Depression

Flood was finally harnessed in Viet Nam’s northern provinces, but on Thursday people in coastal regions faced a new fear: tropical depression.

Landslide in Bac Kan province

The Southern Hydrometeorology Station announced Wednesday that a tropical depression was formed over Filipino waters and was heading toward Vietnam.

Early Thursday, the tropical depression was reported to come about 700 km south-east of Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos.

Coastal fishermen and villagers have been warned to keep alert, for the East Sea would soon be hit by strong cyclones.

The Central Steering Committee for Flood Control and Prevention released Thursday an emergency message to local authorities ordering swift deployment of necessary measures to protect fishing boats and coastal dwellers.

All of those storm-prevention preparations are under way along with the remedial work of the heart-breaking aftermaths of the recent flood. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has formally sent his condolences to families of flood victims and issued directives to the chairpersons of northern mountainous provinces to fight against flood and offer relief assistance to those in need.

Up to 12 people were reported dead or missing, most of whom were villagers of Bac Kan, Vinh Phuc and Lang Son provinces.

A Government mission team led by Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong is currently in Bac Kan province to give directions to combat the flood and remedy the aftermaths.

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Source: VnExpress - Translated by Van Hanh

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