Flood death toll in central region rises to 106

The death toll during the recent severe flooding caused by torrential rains in the central region reached 106 as of 5 pm on October 20, while 27 others were missing, reported the Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

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Ha Tinh police help people evacuate from high-risk areas (Photo: VNA)

According to the committee, over 7,200 ha of food crops were submerged and damaged.

More than 691,000 cattle and poultry were dead or swept away in floodwaters.

At the same time, 16 national highways and 161,880 m of local roads in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces were damaged.

The steering committee has alerted coastal localities and relevant ministries and agencies about Storm Saudel, which is moving towards the East Sea, especially when the central region is still struggling with large-scale flooding.

Storm Saudel poses a big threat to Vietnam’s central provinces which are already struggling with the historic floods triggered by 30-year record rainfall of up to 3,000 mm./. 

Aid comes for flood victims in central Vietnam

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee has presented 20 billion VND (860,000 USD) to support flood-hit families in five central provinces.

Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, and Quang Binh provinces will receive 5 billion VND each while 3 billion VND will be earmarked for Quang Nam and 2 billion VND for Ha Tinh.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) Central Committee said it has raised nearly 2.7 billion VND in cash and kind for the three localities of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Ha Tinh and sent two delegations to the provinces on October 20.

The organisation previously raised close to 2 billion VND for four flood-hit central provinces.

Its chapters in other localities have also arranged activities to support central region residents. The VRCS chapters in Ha Nam and Ninh Binh provinces have donated 800 million VND and more than 10 tonnes of rice and necessities.

The HCM City and Dong Nai chapters, meanwhile, offered over 1.1 billion VND and 2,000 aid packages worth 1 billion VND.

On October 19, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour called on workers, businesses, and donors nationwide to provide support to flood victims.

The Vietnam Fatherland Front Hanoi chapter held a fundraising ceremony on October 20 that raised more than 22 billion VND and foodstuffs from 55 donors.

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During the 17th Congress of the Hanoi Party Organisation held on October 13, delegates presented a total of 312 million VND, while the city’s Fatherland Front chapter allocated 7 billion VND to the central localities.

Meanwhile, the Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group will provide 5 billion VND to the five provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, and Ha Tinh.

It also earmarked a further 300 million VND to support workers at its affiliate, the Nong Son thermal power plant in Quang Nam province.

Between October 6 and 12, central cities and provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai were struck by prolonged rains and floods triggered by storms and a cold snap.

Six provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Nam have been inundated since October 12, affecting more than 260,000 households, with many areas two or three meters underwater. Floods have also hit about 154,000 households in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri provinces.

As of 5 pm on October 19, the natural disaster had left 102 people dead and 25 missing, with substantial damage inflicted upon local agriculture, irrigation, and transport infrastructure.

ASEAN offers aid for flood-hit central provinces

Flood death toll in central region rises to 106

Vietnam's central region has been ravaged by floods over the past days. (Photo: VNA)

The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) has sent aid to the two Vietnamese provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri hit by flooding that has caused loss of life and property.

The assistance includes 500 home-repair tool kits and 650 cooking sets for each locality.

The goods have been flown from ASEAN’s warehouse in Malaysia and will be handed over at Da Nang International Airport in the central city of the same name on the morning of October 21.

The National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue is working with its chapters in the two provinces to quickly distribute the aid.

Between October 6 and 12, central cities and provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai were struck by prolonged rains and floods triggered by storms and a cold wave.

Total rainfall has exceeded 1,000 mm and even reached 2,000-2,500 mm in Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces, surpassing the record set in 1999.

Six provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Nam have been inundated since October 12, affecting more than 260,000 households, with many areas two or three meters underwater. Floods have also hit about 154,000 households in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri provinces.

As of 5 pm on October 19, the natural disaster had left 102 people dead and 25 missing, with substantial damaged inflicted upon local agriculture, irrigation, and transport infrastructure./.

Vietnamese community in Cambodia raise funds for flood victims at home

A ceremony was held at the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on October 20 to raise funds for flood victims in Vietnam’s central region.

The fund-raising ceremony brought together the staff of the embassy, representatives of Vietnamese agencies, businesspeople and donors, with a total of 36,000 USD mobilised.

The embassy and the Vietnam Business Club in Cambodia (VBCC) also raised funds on October 17 to support the Vietnamese-Cambodians living on Tonle Sap water who are forced to relocate to land this month.

Donations amounted to 27,050 USD and two tonnes of rice.

According to Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities, about 500 households with 1,471 people living on boats on Tonle Sap, Kampong Chhnang city, will be subject to relocation. Most of them are the poor without stable jobs while fisheries resources are increasingly limited.

In the immediate future, they will be provided with food and clean water in resettlement areas, and support in changing jobs.

Industrial-agricultural plant growing projects by the Vietnam Rubber Group and the Truong Hai Agriculture JSC (THAGRICO) have generated jobs to the Vietnamese-Cambodians in the Tonle Sap area over the past five months.

Since June, THAGRICO hired over 500 Vietnamese-Cambodian workers and thousands of Cambodians in nearby provinces for its agriculture projects.

On October 15, a delegation of the Vietnamese Consulate General in Preah Sihanouk led by Consul General Vu Ngoc Ly came to Kampong Speu to visit Vietnamese-Cambodians who are suffering from floods./.

Vietnamese in Czech, Poland raise fund to help flood victims

The Vietnamese people community in the Czech Republic on October 19 held a ceremony to raise fund for flood victims back in Vietnam’s central region.

At the event, Chairman of the community Nguyen Duy Nhien said that overseas Vietnamese (OVs), including those in the Czech Republic, always turn their hearts to the homeland.

Thanks to enthusiastic response from the Vietnamese people, more than 300,000 Kč (12,900 USD) was mobilised within one day, he said, adding the OVs hope the money will contribute to help flood-hit people overcome challenges soon.

The fundraising programme will continue to be held to mobilise more support for the homeland, he stressed.

Meanlhile, the Vietnamese people community in Poland organised a similar event on October 19, calling on individuals and organisations to help central localities quickly recover from flooding.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported that as of 6 am on October 19, the floods had forced the four hardest-hit provinces from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue to evacuate 37,490 households, or 121,280 people, while close to 121,700 homes in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri have been inundated by floodwaters.

The disaster has so far claimed 90 lives and left 34 missing; destroyed 12 highway sections and 17.4 km of local roads; damaged 924 ha of rice and 106,616 ha of other crops; and killed or washed away more than half a million heads of cattle and poultry.

The devastating flooding, which has lasted for more than 10 days, was caused by 30-year record rainfall./.

Ha Tinh to relocate 45,000 residents from flooded areas

Local authorities of central Ha Tinh province plan to evacuate more than 45,000 residents living downstream of Ke Go reservoir as the water level is rising.

Reservoir levels have been almost a metre higher than normal due to prolonged torrential rain.

While facing water flow from the upstream, the Ke Go reservoir has released water at 900 cu.m per second on October 19 morning.

According to the provincial Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, other large reservoirs and dams like Boc Nguyen, Khe Xai, Tau Voi, Thuong Song Tri also discharged water at higher than normal levels.

A number of communes in Cam Xuyen, Huong Khe, Thach Ha districts and Ha Tinh city have been isolated due to floods. Households have been forced to move their belongings to elevated positions.

As of 4am on October 19, more than 20,700 people from more than 7,100 households in Ha Tinh have been evacuated.

Nguyen Van Sau, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thach Ha district, said all communes in the district had flooded areas, causing serious traffic disruption.

Thach Dai, Tan Lam Huong, Thach Vinh communes are the most affected. Local rescue teams have worked around the clock, helping villagers. The district has evacuated more than 6,600 people.

Streets in Ha Tinh city are also flooded with water reaching up to 1m. All daily activities have been disrupted.

Torrential rain is predicted to continue in Ha Tinh province so more people are expected to be relocated./.

PM decides to provide 5,000 tonnes of rice for flood victims in central region

The Prime Minister has decided to entrust the Ministry of Finance to allocate 5,000 tonnes of rice from the national reserve for five central provinces which are hardest hit by natural disasters.

Accordingly, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien – Hue, Quang Nam and Ha Tinh each will receive 1,000 tonnes of rice.

The PM asked the People’s Committees of the provinces to promptly receive and distribute the allocated rice to the right people in line with regulations.

Between October 6-12, central cities and provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai suffered from three storms and two tropical depressions, along with a cold spell that have triggered prolonged rains and floods.

The total common rainfall has exceeded 1,000mm, even reaching 2,000-2,500mm in Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces, surpassing the record level in 1999.

On October 12 and 18, six provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Nam were submerged, affecting more than 260,000 households, with many areas 2-3m under water. Currently, inundation is hitting about 154,000 households in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

As of 5pm on October 19, the natural disasters left 102 people dead and 25 others missing, and damaged many local agriculture, irrigation and transport infrastructure./.

PM urges greater rescue efforts amidst historic flooding

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged competent forces to make greater efforts in rescue operations while ensuring safety, as the central region has been ravaged by historic floods.

Speaking at a meeting of standing Cabinet members, PM Phuc asked the natural resources and environment sector, particularly the hydrometeorology agency, to better the forecasting work in order to put forth flexible response scenarios.

He called for the involvement of the entire political system, especially youths, women, relevant forces, donors and residents who are not affected by the natural disasters to join hands in these efforts.

The leader also ordered ensuring the safety of dams and reservoirs, saying suitable response plans and necessary equipment should be ready to save people and handle emerging issues.

He agreed with the proposal by ministries and agencies to initially provide each of the affected provinces with 1,000 tonnes of rice.

Notably, Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces that have been hardest hit by the natural disasters each will receive 100 billion VND (4.31 million USD).

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong reported at the meeting that between October 6-12, central cities and provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai suffered from three storms and two tropical depressions, along with a cold spell that have triggered prolonged rains and floods.

The total common rainfall has exceeded 1,000mm, even reaching 2,000-2,500mm in Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces, surpassing the record level in 1999.

On October 12 and 18, six provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Nam were submerged, affecting more than 260,000 households, with many areas 2-3m under water. Currently, inundation is hitting about 154,000 households in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

As of 5pm on October 19, the natural disasters left 102 people dead and 25 others missing, and damaged many local agriculture, irrigation and transport infrastructure, the minister said./.

Sympathies from Lao, Thai leaders

Lao and Thai leaders have sent their sympathies to their Vietnamese counterparts over the losses caused by the recent storms to localities in central Vietnam.

In their sympathies to Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Lao Party General Secretary and State President Bounnhang Vorachith and Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith expressed their belief that under the clear-sighted leadership of the Vietnamese Party, State and Government, the fraternal Vietnamese people will overcome the current difficulties and bring their life back to normal soon.

They also affirmed that the Lao Party, State, Government and people always stand by the side of their Vietnamese counterparts in this time of difficulties and always uphold the tradition of the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.

The same day, Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith also cabled his sympathies to Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.

Meanwhile, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha sent his message of condolences to Prime Minister Phuc, and Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai did the same with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh.

In their messages, the Thai leaders expressed their trust that the Vietnamese Government and people will soon overcome the challenge./.

US diplomatic mission sends condolences over flood-caused losses

The US diplomatic mission in Vietnam on October 19 sent deep condolences to the Vietnamese Government and people over the great losses at Economic-Defence Army 337 of Military Region 4 in the central province of Quang Tri.

 

The condolences were also offered over the deaths of soldiers and officers who sacrificed their lives doing rescue work in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue, and dozens of others killed by floods and landslides in the central region of Vietnam.

In the message, the mission expressed its readiness to help Vietnam overcome the aftermath of the tragic floods, and its deep sympathies to all those affected by the natural disaster.

Torrential rains caused by successive storms have, since the beginning of this month, affected the life of more than 7 million in the region. More are forecast to continue in the coming days./.

Fundraisers to aid victims of historic floods in central Vietnam

Historic floods have wreaked havoc in Vietnam’s central provinces over the last week or so, prompting the launch of a number of fundraising events on October 19 to help those affected.

The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) co-hosted a meeting with members of the Disaster Risk Reduction Partnership (DRRP) to call for international assistance to ease the devastation. 

The meeting was chaired by MARD Deputy Minister Nguyen Hoang Hiep and Country Director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Vietnam Andrew Jeffries, both of whom co-chair the DRRP.

DRRP members said they are committed to supporting Vietnam in surveying disasters and delivering necessities to people in the central region. 

The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre), the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, the Embassy of the US and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Vietnam, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have so far pledged to provide relief to flood-hit provinces.

According to Jeffries, three expert groups from the DRRP will tour the five cities and provinces of Da Nang, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Nam from October 20 to 23 to survey and assess damage and then develop plans to help those affected.

Meanwhile, the Government Office organised a fundraising event for flood victims that was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Deputy Prime Ministers Truong Hoa Binh, Pham Binh Minh, Vu Duc Dam, and Trinh Dinh Dung.

In his remarks, Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung said the record floods, triggered by heavy rainfall of up to 3,000 mm, in some locations have taken a heavy toll on central provinces, particularly Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri. 

The flooding has isolated many communities and affected the lives of more than 135,000 households.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Fatherland Front of northern Bac Giang province, and the Military High Command of the Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang province also launched appeals to raise funds which will be sent to those in need to help them overcome the difficulties and quickly resume production. 

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported that, as of 6 am on October 19, the floods had forced the four hardest-hit provinces, from Ha Tinh to Thua Thien-Hue, to evacuate 37,490 households, or 121,280 people, while close to 121,700 homes in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri have been inundated by floodwaters.

The disaster has so far claimed 90 lives and left 34 missing; destroyed 12 highways and 17.4 km of local roads; damaged 924 ha of rice and 106,616 ha of other crops; and killed or washed away more than half a million heads of cattle and poultry.

The devastating flooding, which has lasted for more than 10 days, was caused by 30-year record rainfall.

On October 18, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc decided to aid Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Nam with 4,000 tonnes of rice from the national reserve, with each receiving 1,000 tonnes./.

Japanese gov’t helps Thua Thien – Hue flood victims

Through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japanese government is assisting flood victims in the central province of Thua Thien – Hue with 50 water purifiers and 250 plastic mattresses, helping ease difficulties the victims are suffering, the JICA said on October 19.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, the central steering committee on the prevention of natural disasters will receive the assistance and deliver it to Thua Thien – Hue people.

The assistance will arrive at Da Nang airport in the central region in two batches, with the first being handed over on October 19 afternoon.

Torrential rains caused by successive storms have, since the beginning of this month, affected the life of more than 7 million in the region. More are forecast to continue in the coming days./.

Medical and civil assistance given to flood-hit central provinces

The Ministry of Health on October 19 provided 4.2 million of Aquatabs 67mg water purification tablets to health departments in the provinces of Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên- Huế and Quảng Nam, and Đà Nẵng City.

Each will get 700,000 tablets from the ministry’s reserve for natural disaster prevention and control.

The ministry has instructed its steering office for natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue to work with local health departments which will deliver tablets to relevant agencies to serve the public.  

The ministry has assigned its nine hospitals and institutes to provide medical support in the flood-hit central provinces.

Bạch Mai Hospital will support Hà Tĩnh Province. Vietnam – Cuba Đồng Hới Friendship Hospital will provide assistance for Quảng Bình Province; Vietnam-Germany Friendship Hospital for Quảng Trị Province; Huế Central General Hospital for Thừa Thiên – Huế Province; Đà Nẵng C Hospital for Đà Nẵng City; and Quảng Nam Central General Hospital for Quảng Nam province.

For epidemic prevention and control, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology will support the provinces of Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình and Quảng Trị; the Institute for Occupational Health and Environment will help Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên – Huế provinces; and Nha Trang Pasteur Institute will support Đà Nẵng City and Quảng Nam Province.

The Ministry of Health has told the health departments of the provinces and Đà Nẵng City to store drugs, chemicals, materials and means of emergency aid and environmental sanitation.

Besides the boats of military soldiers used to rescue people, fishermen in Quảng Bình Province’s Quảng Ninh District have used their boats to rescue people in the flood-hit areas in the district.  

Nguyễn Văn Truyền’s  boat was taken to Thế Lộc Village after seven people asked for help, according to Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sài Gòn) newspaper.

After saving the seven people, his boat continued to a two-storey house where 40 people were staying during the flood.

On October 19, 15 fishing boats were used day and night, and will continue to be used in coming days. 

Many people and state cadres in the provinces of Nghệ An and Thừa Thiên-Huế have made thousands of square glutinous rice cakes filled with green bean paste and pork.

Phạm Văn Minh, 47, in Nghĩa Xuân Commune in Nghệ An Province, told tuổi trẻ (Youth) newspaper that they hope the cakes will help people in the flood-hit areas.

Ministries, departments, state organisations and unions, universities and schools as well as individuals have launched and responded to donation programmes for residents affected by the floods.

The Youth Union’s Central Committee and Việt Nam Youth Federation’s Central Committee have called for VNĐ300 million (US$12,936) in donations for the provinces of Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên – Huế, and Quảng Ngãi. Other basic necessities worth nearly VNĐ3 billion also were donated. They have set up 500 teams to visit these provinces to help people overcome the consequences of the natural disaster.

Việt Nam Red Cross provides its third emergency aid to flood victims in central region

The Việt Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) provided its third emergency aid to three central provinces affected by floods, including Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Hà Tĩnh on October 19.

The total value of money and goods is nearly VNĐ2.7 billion (US$116,600). Of which, Quảng Bình Province received VNĐ500 million, 400 boxes of household goods, 300 bags of household goods and 300 boxes of water filter powder; VNĐ500 million, 400 boxes of household goods, 300 bags of household goods, 300 boxes of water filter powder for Quảng Tri Province; and VNĐ300 million, 300 boxes of household goods, 400 bags of household goods, 200 boxes of water filter powder for Hà Tĩnh Province.

On November 20, VNRC will send two working groups to the three provinces.

Previously, the VNRC decided to provide emergency relief to the provinces of Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Quảng Nam and Thừa Thiên Huế with a total value of nearly VNĐ2 billion.

On October 14, the VNRC president Nguyễn Thị Xuân Thu also called on Red Cross members nationwide and local and international communities to help flood victims in the central region.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that as of Monday morning, 90 people were killed and 34 others were still missing due to the floods in the central region.

Gift parcels donated to flood-hit central provinces

A donation of 4,000 care packages has been made by Huda to support people in the flood-hit provinces of Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên-Huế and Quảng Nam following a plea for assistance from the Việt Nam Fatherland Front Committee.

The care packages include drinking water, food and other essentials and will be sent to people whose homes were submerged by the deadly flooding.

Nathaniel Moxom, managing director of Carlsberg Việt Nam, said: “During our 30 years serving central Việt Nam, we have vowed to stand by the people of the area through thick and thin. These donations will help to ease the hardship in the wake of the deadly flooding, and to facilitate a speedy recovery for people in the region from this devastating period.”

Huda also donated VNĐ2 billion ($87,000) to support frontline defence and 3,000 care packages to low-income families in Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam and Quảng Trị in the fight against COVID-19.

A section of road in central Việt Nam has eroded due to heavy downpours and flooding over the past few days. Photo courtesy of A Lăng Bương 
It has committed to a project to provide access to fresh water for more than 10,000 residents in central Việt Nam in 2020.

Thousands of houses in the four provinces have been inundated by floods over the past few days, while some people in rural and mountainous areas have lost their homes and even their lives due to landslides.

More rainfall and stormy weather have been forecast for the central region this week.

Nation donates to residents of flood-hit central region

Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc yesterday ordered the Ministry of Finance to allocate 5,000 tonnes of rice from the national reserves to the flood-hit provinces of Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên Huế and Quảng Nam.

Phúc assigned the people's committees of the four provinces to ensure timely support for residents in those areas after they had received the rice.

In a related movement, the Government Office yesterday held a fundraiser to support people in the central region.

PM Phúc, deputy prime ministers Trương Hòa Bình, Phạm Bình Minh, Vũ Đức Đam, Trịnh Đình Dũng and Government Office and staff participated in the ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony, chairman of the Government Office Mai Tiến Dũng said the office had organised the fundraiser to alleviate suffering in the flood-hit areas and help people return to daily life.

Also yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a fundraising ceremony to assist residents of the central region who have been suffering from two recent typhoons.

Deputy Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn said with the country’s spirit of “a whole leaf covers torn ones”, officials and staff from the ministry donated to the cause.

The ministry’s trade union would distribute the donations, he said.

Bắc Giang Province’s Việt Nam Fatherland Front yesterday launched “Action Month For The Poor” and called upon local people to support people in the central region.

The agency quickly received pledges worth over VNĐ64 billion (US$2.7 million) from local businesses and kind-hearted people.

In another move, the Japanese Government through the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) has sent emergency relief to support people who were severely hit by the floods in the central province of Thừa Thiên - Huế.

The emergency relief, worth over $123,000, includes 50 water purifiers.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has been urgently working with local administrations to transport emergency relief to people in flood-hit areas as soon as possible.

Data from the committee shows that as of yesterday morning, 90 people were killed and 34 others were still missing due to the floods in the central region.

All missing bodies recovered

The bodies of all of the 22 soldiers and officers missing in a severe landslide in Hướng Hóa District, central Quảng Trị Province were found on the same day.

The landslide hit the military barracks of the Economic and National Defence Group, Division 337 of the Military Region 4 in early hours of Sunday morning and buried 22 soldiers and officers.

In spite of non-stop rain in the central region, hundreds of people have been searching for the bodies. 

Lieutenant General Nguyễn Tân Cương, Deputy Minister of National Defence, said ambulances had accessed the area on Monday morning to move the dead bodies out of the rubble.

Bodies of the deceased found on Sunday will be transferred to Đông Hà City.

The biggest obstacle now was prolonged rain and further risks of flash flood and more landslides, he said.

Ensure safety for downstream area

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on Monday asked Hà Tĩnh Province to be ready for the plan to spill over the Kẻ Gỗ Lake and urgently ensure safety for downstream areas.

The province also needs to assign task forces, means and equipment to evacuate people in flooded areas due to the typhoon and also due to the impact of water spilling over in Kẻ Gỗ Lake.

It must organise forces and instructions for overflowing underground, deeply flooded and isolated areas to ensure traffic safety.

Due to heavy rain and flooding, levels in rivers and reservoirs in Hà Tĩnh Province increased rapidly. From 10am on Sunday to 8am on Monday, the water level upstream of Kẻ Gỗ Lake rose from 29m to 33.6m, which is 1.1m above the normal level. Water flowing to the lake is over 1,500cu.m per second. From 9am on Monday, the lake had to discharge water at a maximum level, about 1,000cu.m per second.

Vietnamese footballers unite to assist flood victims

Local footballers have joined citizens nationwide to raise funds in an effort to support the victims of recent flooding which has hit central Vietnam. 

Former Vietnamese international striker Nguyen Anh Duc donates VND50 million to flood victims.
Former Vietnamese international striker Nguyen Anh Duc, who lifted the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 with his team mates, donated VND50 million, equivalent to US$2,173, to flood victims. He also called on spectators to participate in charity  activities to help those impacted by the natural disasters.

Hanoi FC’s key players Quang Hai and Van Hau put signed shirts up for sale to raise funds for victims. Star Quang Hai is set to join Thanh Luong and Thanh Chung, also of Hanoi FC, in a friendly match on November 11 in a fund-raising event. 

Meanwhile, defender Bui Tien Dung of Viettel FC gave away his shirt from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Championship in 2018, when the Vietnamese squad finished as runner-up, to an auction. In addition, HAGL FC striker Van Toan also sold his jersey for VND50 million, equal to US$2,173, as part of charity activities in central Vietnam.

U22 side star Tien Linh played in a friendly match alongside other footballers in Ho Chi Minh City, to raise VND550 million for flood victims. 

V-League organisers launched a fund-raising campaign to help deprived people in flood-hit areas of the country. Footballers from Viettel FC, Becamex Binh Duong, Sai Gon FC, and Ho Chi Minh City FC will join the event, along with Park Hang-seo, head coach of the Vietnam national squad team.

Forward Cong Phuong of Ho Chi Minh City FC spent the VND10 million, equal to US$434.8 bonus as the best V-League player in July and September to support locals in central Vietnam. VNA/VNS/VNN/VOV

 
 

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850-ton robot digs Nhon-Hanoi railway tunnel
850-ton robot digs Nhon-Hanoi railway tunnel
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2020 

The contractor for the Nhon - Hanoi urban railway project has transported the first components of a tunneling machine to the Kim Ma underground station.

Vietnam proposes removing the name of Typhoon Linfa
Vietnam proposes removing the name of Typhoon Linfa
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2020 

Typhoon Linfa, the sixth storm in the East Sea this year, formed on October 9 and made landfall in the central region of Vietnam on October 11, causing great damage to local people.

Despite heavy fines, many Saigonese neglect rules on mask wearing
Despite heavy fines, many Saigonese neglect rules on mask wearing
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2020 

Ho Chi Minh City residents appear to be negligent in wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Weather observers work for the most complete and accurate forecast
Weather observers work for the most complete and accurate forecast
SOCIETYicon  23/11/2020 

Despite their crucial role, not everyone is aware the silent dedication of weather observers, who have to overcome many difficulties to fulfil their tasks at work each day.

Hanoi seeking public opinion for zero-milestone construction
Hanoi seeking public opinion for zero-milestone construction
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2020 

Hanoi authorities are gathering public opinion for the construction of a kilometre-zero milestone in Hoan Kiem District.

Elderly teacher offers free classes for poor students
Elderly teacher offers free classes for poor students
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2020 

An elderly teacher is organising free classes for disadvantaged people in Binh Duong Province.

Vietnam's English proficiency index continues falling
Vietnam's English proficiency index continues falling
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2020 

Vietnamese proficiency in using English has continued to drop this year, being listed among countries in the low-proficiency category.

Natural disasters cost Ca Mau province over 43 million USD
Natural disasters cost Ca Mau province over 43 million USD
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2020 

Drought, rains, inundation and landslides have cost Ca Mau province an estimated $43 million from the outset of the year, according to the provincial steering committee on natural disaster prevention, search and rescue.

Public health portal officially launched
Public health portal officially launched
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2020 

The Vietnam Public Health Portal was officially launched by the Ministry of Health on November 20, aimed at facilitating liaising with services provided by the health sector.

How Vietnam’s Covid-19 success supports its regional role?
How Vietnam’s Covid-19 success supports its regional role?
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2020 

Under the Vietnam Chair 2020, ASEAN has combated the pandemic in a cohesive manner.

Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway test run finally set for next month
Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway test run finally set for next month
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2020 

The trains of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway will start a trial operation within 20 days in early December to assess the quality and safety of the entire system.

Auctioning car number plates provides administrative transparency, brings more money to state budget
Auctioning car number plates provides administrative transparency, brings more money to state budget
FEATUREicon  20/11/2020 

The proposal by the Ministry of Public Security to put favorite car number plates up for auctioning has been applauded, as this will bring benefit both to the state budget and the public.

VIETNAM NEWS NOVEMBER 22 (updated hourly)
VIETNAM NEWS NOVEMBER 22 (updated hourly)
SOCIETYicon  22/11/2020 

Creative teacher inspires students to learn history

Cancer patient volunteers to help poor people
Cancer patient volunteers to help poor people
SOCIETYicon  21/11/2020 

Despite suffering from cervical cancer, a Hanoian woman is still passionate about her volunteer work. She travels far and wide to remote areas to help poor people, especially underprivileged children, have a better life.

 
 
 
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