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PM calls for focus on post-storm recovery

by VTV421 July 2018 Last updated at 13:20 PM

In the aftermath of Storm Son Tinh, which has affected VN in recent days, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued an official telegram, calling for concerted efforts to focus on keeping local residents safe and carry out rescue and recovery work in affected areas

The telegram was issued to the People’s Committees of Ha Tinh, Nghe An, a number of Northern provinces, the National Committee on Incident, Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, as well as the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control. The telegram called for swift action to be taken, particularly in search and rescue efforts of those still missing and in providing food and supplies to local residents and evacuating communities from current high-risk areas.

Storm Son Tinh, one of the first of roughly a dozen tropical storms and typhoons forecast to hit Vietnam this year, has dealt a heavy blow to a large number of cities and provinces, including Thanh Hóa, Nghệ An and Hà Tĩnh.

1,800 hectares of rice field and 800 hectares of other crops in Đức Thọ District, Hà Tĩnh Province have been submerged underwater due to floods. In order to reduce water levels, all drainage stations have been requested to be opened. However, this has caused a large amount of water hyacinth to flow into fish farms, killing a large number of fish.

Storm Son Tinh has left 24 dead and has dealt heavy damage to property in Yên Bái Province. Heavy rains have led to flooding, resulting in damage to hundreds of houses, traffic routes and a large area of crops.

Currently, the traffic system in the area has sustained heavy damaged. 33 communes in Yên Bái are still isolated and cannot be reached. These areas can only rely on their own evacuation forces. National highways 32, 37 and several others are still nonfunctional.

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