The number of dengue fever cases in Da Nang City this year has increased 7.17 times against the same period last year to 1,377 cases, including one death, according to the city Preventive Health Centre. The Da Nang City People's Committee has ordered departments, sectors and localities to take measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
Gia Lai Province has had 1,100 cases of dengue fever this year and the disease has increased rapidly since May. The provincial Preventive Health Centre, in cooperation with the Tay Nguyen Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, has conducted an inspection and found that 37.77 per cent of local households have mosquitoes.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Volunteer charity caravan launched
A volunteer charity journey, the South-North Caravan 2010, departed in HCM City last Friday, with the participation of 54 members from the HCM City Young Enterprise Association, the Viet Nam Young Physicians' Association, CT Group and another 10 units and philanthropists.
The members, who travelled on 13 automobiles and one van, will present gifts and provide health check-ups for poor people and search for opportunities to invest in disadvantaged areas during their nine-day journey, which will end in Ha Noi.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Delta provinces face major landslides
Several provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta are facing severe riverbank landslides. An Giang and Dong Thap are the two hardest-hit provinces as riverbank erosions have devastated major roads, farmland and houses of many residents.
An Giang Province has 47 landslide sites and the number could increase this rainy season, according to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment. A riverbank landslide in Chau Phu District's Binh My Commune last Wednesday destroyed a section of the National Road 91.
Mai Van Duc, head of the Viet Nam Road Administration, last Friday worked with the An Giang authorities on measures to solve landslides at National Road 91. They also decided to petition the Ministry of Transport to survey the terrain of the Tien and Hau rivers with the aim of developing measures to protect National Road 91 and prevent landslides in the Delta.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)
Cement industry development plan adjusted
The Ministry of Construction has been adjusting a plan of developing cement industry to 2015 and with a vision to 2025 to avoid oversupply. Under the plan, the ministry will regulate the process of putting major cement projects into operation every year to 2015 and adjust the number of cement projects in areas where there are many cement projects.
This year the cement industry has faced an oversupply while cement exports face difficulties. The ministry is expected to submit the adjusted plan to the Government by the first quarter of this year.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)