New storm nears as post-Damrey recovery efforts continue in Vietnam
  • | VNA | November 10, 2017 01:07 PM
A new typhoon named Haikui is building in the East Sea on November 10 morning, as Vietnam struggles to rebuild the country after the damage caused by devastating typhoon Damrey last weekend.

The body of a man in Quang Nam Province is found on November 9 after he and three other local people were buried in a landslide triggered by the Storm Damrey four days ago. Photo by Dtinews


Haikui is expected to head west-northwest over the next 24 hours, with the strongest winds ranging between 75-90 km per hour, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The centre also warned that the typhoon is likely to grow stronger over the next 48 hours.

As a new typhoon is approaching, villages already hit by Damrey are in need of 31,700 tonnes of rice and more than 100,000 litres of disinfectant. The deadliest storm to hit Vietnam this year reportedly killed 91 people and left 23 others missing in the central and south-central regions.

The list of victims continued to rise five days after the storm struck, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

The centre said torrential rains, strong winds and landslides triggered by the typhoon destroyed more than 120,000 houses, more than 25,000ha of crops, and blocked dozens of roads. It has also filled many reservoirs in the region.

The affected localities are mobilising all sources to help residents resume normal lives.

In the short term, the committee asked Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to approve 3,400 tonnes of rice to localities in Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak.

It also suggested the State Bank of Vietnam extend repayment periods for farmers in debt and allow them to borrow more to recover production.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on November 9 chaired an online meeting to direct localities and ministries to quickly remedy the damage.

The same day, the Vietnam Fatherland Front donated 6.5 billion VND (286,000 USD) to the affected localities.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien also visited Phu Yen province on the day to check on how the province was dealing with the consequences. She agreed to supply one million pills of chloramine B and 500 litres of chemicals to disinfect and prevent disease in the province.

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