Relief rushed to typhoon Nari victims in central Vietnam

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People move the coffin of a man died when typhoon Nari struck a village in Quang Binh Province on October 16 to higher ground due to flooding Photo: Truong Giang

Government agencies and good samaritans are sending relief to residents in central Vietnam who are suffering the severe flooding and general havoc of typhoon Nari, which hit the region on October 15.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on October 16 led a central government delegation to Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province to hand over relief to local residents.

He instructed local agencies to supply enough food and accommodations to affected residents.

"Medical agencies have to take immediate actions to prevent any pandemic from spreading due to flooding," he added.

Thanh Nien newspaper is also receiving donations to help the victims of typhoon Nari.

On October 15, the paper's representatives handed over VND100 million (US$4,700) donated by MobiFone to 200 residents in Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces.

Another delegate on October 16 forwarded VND200 million from the Tan An Thanh Investment Company to more than 150 households in Quang Nam Province.

On the same day, the Hoa Sen Group donated 6,000 meters of tole, valuing VND350 million in total, to help local residents in Quang Nam repair their houses damaged in the storm.

Many governmental agencies and organizations have also organized relief missions to central provinces over the past several days.

At least four people have died and four others were reported missing in massive flooding due to incessant rains triggered by typhoon Nari, known in Vietnam as Storm No. 11.

Early Wednesday two men, Mai Phu and Phan Son, both 50, were killed when a wall was blown over by winds in a village in Quang Binh.

The winds, which lasted 15 minutes, also knocked down many houses in the village and injured 24 people.

Also Wednesday morning two women, Nguyen Thi Luc and Nguyen Thi Bich Thuong, both teachers, were swept away by flash floods while they were on their way to school in Quang Binh's Bo Trach District. They have not been found yet.

Some places in Quang Binh received more than 50 cm of rainfall, which saw water levels in rivers rise to record highs.

Local authorities fear the flooding could reach the historic levels of 2010.

Heavy rains also inundated hundreds of houses and roads in Le Thuy District.

In Ha Tinh Province, heavy rains over the last two days left three missing and more than 1,000 houses submerged under water.

Authorities in Huong Khe District evacuated more than 90 families to safer places.

Floods also disrupted traffic and isolated some mountainous districts.

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Typhoon Nari also damaged thousands of houses, knocked down trees, sank dozens of fishing boats, and destroyed crops and other properties.

The total loss is estimated at VND1.5 trillion (US$71 million), with Da Nang and Quang Ngai reporting the most damage.

According to the National Hydro-meteorology Forecasting Center, there will be more rains in the central region in the coming days and water levels at the region's rivers, which hit their peaks on October 16-17, will recede at a very slow pace.

"Residents should prevent damages from flash floods and landslides in the mountainous region and severe flooding in the lowland provinces stretching from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue," it said.

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