Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung directs response to storm Talas consequences

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung chaired a teleconference in
Hanoi on July 17 with ministries, agencies and localities to direct response to
the consequences of storm Talas, the second hitting Vietnam this year.

Dung,
who is also Chairman of the National Steering Committee on Search and Rescue,
asked for rallying resources and vehicles of border guards and naval forces for
search and rescue of crewmen aboard the coal ship VTB26 in the central province
of Nghe An.

The
Border Guard High Command’s Steering Board for Disaster Prevention and Control
and Search and Rescue reported that the storm sank VTB26 vessel with 13 crewmen
on board and 4,700 tonnes of coal, which anchored at Hon Ngu sea in Nghe An.

As
of 11:30 the same day, 7 out of the 13 crewmen were found alive, and one was
dead. The remaining five are being searched for.

Dung
urged provincial authorities to promptly check and assess losses caused by the
storm, provide timely support for families of victims, including food and home
repair.

Localities
were also asked to evacuate residents out of areas prone to flash flood and
landslides, and direct transport, industry and trade, information and communications,
agriculture and rural development sectors to focus on rebuilding efforts while
ensuring smooth travelling, sufficient electrical supply and safety of dams and
reservoirs.

The
Nghe An provincial People’s Committee said as of 5am on July 17, the storm killed
one person, blew roofs of 2,751 houses, inundated 300ha of watermelon and uprooted
thousands of trees.

Central
provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue reported downpours measuring from
70-100mm, with 100-200mm of rains reported in Nghe An through to Quang Binh.

As
an effect of the storm, more rains of between 100-200mm are forecast for
northeast and north central localities on July 17 and 18.-VNA



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