Natural disasters kill 91, cost Vietnam USD191 million
Natural disasters killed 91 people and caused a total loss of VND4.4 trillion (USD191 million) for Vietnam in the first 11 months of this year.
|A landslide in Hoa Binh Province.|
According to Pham Duc Luan, deputy head of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, between January and November, Vietnam faced eight storms, 128 mild earthquakes, 325 hails, 166 heavy rain storms and hundreds of landslides.
Natural disasters have left 91 dead, 14 missing and 95 others injured during this period.
Between November 27-30, central localities from Quang Nam to Khanh Hoa and areas in the north of the Central Highlands region experienced torrential rains and widespread inundation. The rainfall in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai reached 500-700mm and the figure was 400-600mm in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen.
The flooding killed 17 people in the central region by late November, damaging 969 hectares of rice and 951 hectares of crop.
During the January-November period, many dykes also witnessed erosion, including cases in Hanoi, Hung Yen, Ninh Binh and Ha Tinh.
Rainfall in October, November and the first half of December in Vietnam’s central region is forecasted to be 30-50% higher than the average of previous years, but it will not be as intense as it was in 2020.
Local people need to be equipped with essential skills to cope with natural disasters, especially those in the mountainous, remote and ethnic areas, as more storms and floods are expected during the rest of this year.