Prompt actions requested to deal with flood aftermath

Tourism managerial agencies and travel companies suggested measures to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3. Terraced rapeseed fields in Che Cu Nha commune of Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai  Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said Vietnam has recorded vigorous tourism growth in recent years and is shifting its focus to the industry’s quality, efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability so as to turn tourism into a spearhead sector. The country welcomed more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2016, rising by 26 percent from 2015 and double the figure of 2010. It recorded 417 trillion VND (18.3 million USD) in tourism revenue from foreign tourists last year. About 7.25 million foreigners visited Vietnam in the first seven months of 2017, up 28.8 percent year-on-year. Sieu said the tourism sector aims to raise the numbers of foreign and domestic tourists by 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively, this year. Tourism promotion has been expanded both at home and abroad. It is also being enhanced online, he noted, adding that millions have accessed the country’s tourism websites. Travel agencies have also made use of major events such as APEC Year 2017, 2016 Asian Beach Games, the UPU letter writing competition, Da Nang International Fireworks Festival and Hue Festival to popularise Vietnam. However, the official also admitted shortcomings in tourism promotion, especially coordination among domestic and foreign parties. Poor communications activities, simple tourism publications…... [read more]

At least seven people have been killed while 27 others remained missing as flash floods swept through several northern mountainous provinces on Thursday according to local authorities.  Rescue workers cleared a road which was filled with mud after a flash flood in Yen Bai Province on August 3. The Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control said that reports from authorities in the four provinces of Son La, Yen Bai, Dien Bien and Lai Chau showed that by 5pm on August 3, seven people have died in Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau and 27 others remained missing in the area. The report also said that the flash floods had swept away and damaged 240 houses and many national roads and commune's roads in the area. The total amount of mud slid was estimated at over 33,000 cubic metres. The flooding has also isolated many residential areas. The flash floods which were triggered by torrential rains over the past few days in the area occurred on August 2 evening lasted through August 3 morning. Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung arrived at Yen Bai Province on August 3 morning to direct the rescue work. The northern region is forecasted to have rains and rainstorm from now on to August 6 according to the Centre for Hydro-meteorology Forecast. dtinews... [read more]

Terraced rapeseed fields in Che Cu Nha commune of Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Tourism managerial agencies and travel companies suggested measures to attract more foreign tourists to Vietnam at a meeting in Hanoi on August 3. Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism Ha Van Sieu said Vietnam has recorded vigorous tourism growth in recent years and is shifting its focus to the industry’s quality, efficiency, competitiveness and sustainability so as to turn tourism into a spearhead sector. The country welcomed more than 10 million foreign tourists in 2016, rising by 26 percent from 2015 and double the figure of 2010. It recorded 417 trillion VND (18.3 million USD) in tourism revenue from foreign tourists last year. About 7.25 million foreigners visited Vietnam in the first seven months of 2017, up 28.8 percent year-on-year. Sieu said the tourism sector aims to raise the numbers of foreign and domestic tourists by 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively, this year. Tourism promotion has been expanded both at home and abroad. It is also being enhanced online, he noted, adding that millions have accessed the country’s tourism websites. Travel agencies have also made use of major events such as APEC Year 2017, 2016 Asian Beach Games, the UPU letter writing competition, Da Nang International Fireworks Festival and Hue Festival to popularise Vietnam. However, the official also admitted shortcomings in tourism…... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City is fast becoming a hotspot for drugs, with nearly 22,000 registered addicts, accounting for around 10 percent of the national total, new figures show. Bui Thi Xuan Mai, a senior lecturer at the University of Labor and Social Affairs, said at a conference on Thursday that the number of addicts in Vietnam has been increasing by around 10 percent a year to more than 210,000 at the present. She was citing figures compiled by the labor and social affairs ministry. A growing number of young Vietnamese and students are becoming addicted, according to the ministry. While the southern hub tops the list, Hanoi comes second with around 13,000 addicts, followed by nearly 9,500 users in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien. Drug smuggling from Vietnam’s neighbors such as China, Laos and Thailand has been increasing, while drug-related crimes are also on the rise, officials said at the meeting. Mai said drug addicts used to be classed as criminals and were put into compulsory rehabilitation centers, but new policies treat them as patients and some are open to voluntary treatment. Experts said drug use remains a major cause of HIV in the country.  A new report from the Ministry of Health said more than 3,500 people tested positive for HIV in the first five months this year, down 11 percent from the same period last year. But new cases increased in both Hanoi and Saigon, which respectively reported 311 and 572 new patients, together accounting…... [read more]

The path leading to Phia Thắp Village, home to 50 families from the Nùng ethnic minority in Cao Bằng Province, is surrounded by green rice paddy fields. Homestay of Hoàng Ngọc Kim in Phia Thắp Villgae, Cao Bằng Province.-VNS Photo Khánh Dương Nùng people live in stilt houses right next to their fields with domestic cattle being raised in the shade under the house. Hoàng Ngọc Kim’s home stands out. Outside the newly-repaired house constructed from brightly-polished wood hangs a small sign reading “Welcome to Homestay Mr Kim”. The traditional structure of Kim’s stilt house is still preserved. The house’s first floor, which used to be a cattle holding area, has been extended to make a cozy living room with wooden tables and chairs. The well-organised second floor is where tourists can sleep, providing more than 20 mattresses and eco-friendly decoration. Each mattress is well prepared with a pillow, a mosquito net, a lamp and an electricity socket. Kim is the only one in the village with a homestay facility. Community-based tourism (CBT) projects aided by the Centre for Rural Economy Development (CRED) have been implemented in the northern mountain provinces of Hà Giang and Cao Bằng, where ethnic minorities face many disadvantages. The model aims to create sustainable income sources and employment opportunities for ethnic minority communities, improve their sanitation and natural environment, and preserve traditional cultural identities. Everyone gets involved …... [read more]

More than 30 people are dead or missing after tragically damaging rains and floods hit northern mountainous provinces over the past three days. Torrential rains and floods destroy roads in Ít Ong Town in Mường La District of Sơn La Province. - VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Cường A quick report from the standing office of the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control on Thursday afternoon showed that continuous rains and floods in Bắc Kạn, Lai Châu, Điện Biên, Yên Bái and Sơn La killed numerous people. In Yên Bái Province’s Mù Cang Chải District, the number of dead and missing people caused by flash floods was reported to be 15 at Thursday noon. The Nghĩa Lộ General Hospital sent a team of one doctor and two nurses in a fully-equipped ambulance to the district to support the injured. Sơn La Province has recorded three deaths, 13 missing and three injured. Of the missing victims, two from Lai Châu Province’s Mường Tè District were buried by rocks and stones caused by landslide on their way to a paddy field. Search and rescue efforts continue. In addition, hundreds of houses collapsed and swept away. Dozens of hectares of cultivated land were buried and dozens of cattle and poultry were swept away. The floods have inundated national highways, including National Highway 12, 279B, 279C and 4H in Điện Biên Province, provincial roads including…... [read more]

At least five people were killed and 15 others went missing during downpours and floods in several northern mountainous provinces (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – At least five people were killed and 15 others went missing during downpours and floods in several northern mountainous provinces from August 1-3. The victims are from Bac Kan, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Son La provinces, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported on August 3. Torrential rains also damaged 87 houses, submerged 5 hectares of farming land, swept away 61 heads of cattle and poultry, and triggered landslides on national and provincial roads in the localities. Local authorities visited families of the victims and mobilised forces to help residents in the flood-hit areas overcome consequences caused by the natural disasters and stabilise their lives.   The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on August 2 asked provincial steering boards for natural disaster prevention, search and rescue to keep a close watch on the development of downpours and floods and update all-level authorities and people on the situation to take timely response measures. The provincial steering boards and hydroelectricity companies of Son La, Hoa Binh and Tuyen Quang were also requested to ensure safety of reservoirs.-VNA... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung directed flood recovery efforts in Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai on August 3. He urged local authorities to promptly seek missing people and provide support for victims and their families. With the support of Military Zone 2, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and relevant ministries and agencies, localities must evacuate residents to safer areas and provide them with necessities. The Deputy PM asked the locality to soon repair roads, houses, schools, hospitals and key public works, ensure communications and normal production. The MONRE and MARD were required to promptly zone off landslide-prone areas to minimise losses. Preliminary statistics indicated that the disaster left two dead, 13 missing and 8 others injured in the district. The total damage in Yen Bai is estimated at nearly VND150 billion (US$6.52 million). Earlier on August 2, the heaviest rainfall and flash flood hit Muong La district, the northern mountainous province of Son La, leaving 6 dead, three injured and 10 others missing. Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Lo Minh Hung, who is also deputy head of the provincial Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue, asked local authorities to evacuate local residents and their assets out of landslide-prone areas while seeking missing people and providing support for victims’ families. The flooding swept away 188 houses, destroyed…... [read more]

The Natural Disaster Prevention, Recue and Search of Yen Bai and Son La also reported at least 17 people were dead and missing due to flashflood in the localities.   A flashflood suddenly occurred in the area of Khau Pha mountain pass, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province at 5:30 am today.  Initial statistics showed that at least seven people were missing and 17 houses completely destroyed due to torrential rain, flashflood and landslide. According to Director of the Yen Bai Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center Lo Huy Hoan, the bad situation was due to an impact of powerful operation of tropical- low pressure trough and low turbulence in the northern region.  At moment, floodwater on Nam Kim River of Mu Cang Chai district has rapidly increased at 940.43 meters this morning.  Another flashflood appeared in Muong La district of the northern mountainous province of Son La at 5am today.   Around 100 households near the dangerous zone must move to safer places.   The Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention, Recue and Search of Muong La district reported that downpour caused flashflood in the district, destroyed houses, traffic roads and vegetable crops.  By 9am, one  dead, seven missing and two injured were reported after the downpour and flashflood in Muong La district. The torrential rain, landslide and flashflood also caused serious damages to property and people in Bac Kan, Lai Chai and Dien Bien.  Local authorities visited and supported the…... [read more]

Flood in Muong La district, Son La province. Flash floods and landslides claim one life and damaged houses, roads and farm produce in northern localities. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Heavy rain in Muong La district, the northern mountainous province of Son La damaged houses, roads and farm produce. Flash floods and landslides claimed one life, two injured and seven missing and damaged 42 houses. The provincial People’s Committee ordered Muong La district to evacuate local people from landslide prone areas to safer places and to follow weather forecasts. Torrential downpours on August 2 and 3 triggered landslides in Mu Cang Chai town, Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai. At least seven people were reported missing while 17 houses were damaged, including seven in Lao Chai commune and 10 in Mu Cang Chai town. Landslides also temporarily halted traffic in the district. Local authorities are conducting search and rescue missions and tackling the aftermath of the rains. Meanwhile, at least two people went missing in landslides in Muong Te district, the northern province of Lai Chau. They were reportedly buried under rubble while they travelled to a rice field. Their bodies had not been recovered as of 11am on August 2. The rain swept away local residents’ rice, poultry and cattle. -VNA... [read more]




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