VietNamNet Bridge – Two more people were killed yesterday in the wake of ongoing storms and flooding, raising the recent death toll due to weather to 13, the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control announced.
The victims were swept away in flood waters caused by Typhoon Nesat in central Quang Binh Province. Five others were injured, while 14 schools and 2,830 houses were submerged in the province.
Heavy rains and high tides broke a dyke in Cu Lao Dung District in the southern province of Soc Trang, flooding plantations. Local authorities have reinforced the affected dyke. Ongoing floods also caused losses of life and property in the central region. (Photo: VNS)
Storm Nalgae, the sixth storm of the year and the second in a week, is forecast to weaken into a low pressure system before making landfall in the central region today. Winds are expected to reach 74kph from Nghe An to Quang Tri provinces while central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Nam will experience heavy rainfalls, according to the Central Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
About 36,000 vessels have been informed of the storm's progress. None have been reported to be operating in the storm-hit areas around Hoang Sa Islands and the northern East Sea.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai yesterday visited Dong Thap Province in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta, where five deaths and six injuries were recorded during the ongoing floods.
An initial report from local authorities showed that the total losses had reached more than VND496 billion. Damage to traffic infrastructure made up VND178 billion ($8.5 million) of that figure while the loss of rice crops accounted for VND57.5 billion ($2.7 million).
The Deputy PM said that local authorities and residents should continue to strengthen the dyke systems to protect the province's remaining 5,000ha of rice and to quickly harvest as much of the crop as possible to minimise losses. About 2,000ha of rice were destroyed by previous flooding.
Hai said the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta localities needed to redesign their infrastructure to protect lives and production in the coming years, especially rice production.
In An Giang Province, residents are striving to protect more than 140,000ha of crops from being submerged. The crop would bring in 750,000 tonnes of rice, equivalent to VND7.6 trillion ($364 million).
In Tien Giang Province, local authorities have spent VND177 billion ($8.4 million) to consolidate its dyke protection systems in flood-prone areas in Cai Be, Tan Phuoc, Chau Thanh and Cai Lay district.
Rising flooding waters and heavy downpours in Ca Mau Province during the last two days swept away dozens of aquaculture ponds, costing local farmers hundreds of millions of dong in damage.
Floodwaters in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region were expected to continue to rise to alarming levels, said experts.
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