Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung chaired a teleconference inHanoi on July 17 with ministries, agencies and localities to direct response tothe consequences of storm Talas, the second hitting Vietnam this year.
Dung,who is also Chairman of the National Steering Committee on Search and Rescue,asked for rallying resources and vehicles of border guards and naval forces forsearch and rescue of crewmen aboard the coal ship VTB26 in the central provinceof Nghe An.
TheBorder Guard High Command’s Steering Board for Disaster Prevention and Controland Search and Rescue reported that the storm sank VTB26 vessel with 13 crewmenon board and 4,700 tonnes of coal, which anchored at Hon Ngu sea in Nghe An.
Asof 11:30 the same day, 7 out of the 13 crewmen were found alive, and one wasdead. The remaining five are being searched for.
Dungurged provincial authorities to promptly check and assess losses caused by thestorm, provide timely support for families of victims, including food and homerepair.
Localitieswere also asked to evacuate residents out of areas prone to flash flood andlandslides, and direct transport, industry and trade, information and communications,agriculture and rural development sectors to focus on rebuilding efforts whileensuring smooth travelling, sufficient electrical supply and safety of dams andreservoirs.
TheNghe An provincial People’s Committee said as of 5am on July 17, the storm killedone person, blew roofs of 2,751 houses, inundated 300ha of watermelon and uprootedthousands of trees.
Centralprovinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue reported downpours measuring from70-100mm, with 100-200mm of rains reported in Nghe An through to Quang Binh.
Asan effect of the storm, more rains of between 100-200mm are forecast fornortheast and north central localities on July 17 and 18.-VNA
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