Vietnam official killed during typhoon relief work honored

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Thai Van Hang (R), deputy chairman of Nghe An Province People's Committee, hands over the Fatherland Acknowledges the Merit certificate to Nguyen Tai Dung's wife and son. Photo by Hoa Doan

The government has posthumously honored a Nghe An Province official who was swept away by floodwaters while carrying relief items to Typhoon Wutip victims last October.

Thai Van Hang, deputy chairman of the north-central province People's Committee, Friday handed over the “To Quoc Ghi Cong” (The Fatherland Acknowledges the Merit) certificate to the family of Nguyen Tai Dung, who was deputy director of the Department of Industry and Trade at the time of his unfortunate death.

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Dung, who hailed from Nghe An’s Thanh Chuong District, was honored for “sacrificing his life for the development and protection of the nation.”

He was also recognized as a martyr.

Dung was carrying instant noodles and drinking water from the capital Vinh to people in flooded areas in Hoang Mai town in a car on October 1. His seven-seat car was swept away, but the driver, Nguyen Minh Truong, managed to escape through the window.

Rescuers found his body inside the car in the Hoang Mai River, around 100 meters far from the spot, the next morning.


This Toyota Fortuner was recovered from the Hoang Mai River with Dung's body, packets of instant noodles ,and bottles of drinking water. Photo by K. Hoan

Lao Dong (Labor) newspaper quoted the Hoang Mai police as saying that they did not have evidence to press charges against the driver as his car was allowed to past the barricades and travel through the flooded areas as it was on duty.

Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang sent a condolence letter to Dung’s family soon after he received news about his death.

President Truong Tan Sang conferred a bravery medal, which was handed over by the chairman of the provincial people’s committee, Nguyen Xuan Duong, to Dung's family on November 8.

Duong also awarded a certificate of merit.

Typhoon Wutip, the 10th storm over the East Sea last year, hit central Vietnam September 30.

It left a trail of destruction with torrential rains, flash floods, and strong winds.

At least nine people were killed, including two in Nghe An, and 199 others were injured in Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue Provinces.

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