VietNamNet Bridge – Two children drowned in Binh Phuoc Province, a person was electrocuted to death, and 5 others were injured in Binh Duong during the storm that hit Southern Vietnam Sunday.
The body of one of the two children who had been swept away on Dong Tien stream in Binh Phuoc was recovered yesterday. The victim was 2-year-old Phung Tien Trinh, of Dong Xoai Town, who had fallen into the stream while playing on its bank.
| One of many houses in Binh Chau Commune, Xuyen Moc District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province collapses in the storm. (Photo: Tuoi Tre) |
In Binh Duong, five people were injured, 20 houses collapsed, 383 houses were submerged, and 414 houses had their roofs blown off.
In addition, 725 hectares of fruit trees, 226 hectares of rubber trees, and 122.6 hectares of rice were seriously damaged.
In Dong Nai Province, the storm knocked down or damaged 1,460 houses, flooded 228 hectares of crops and uprooted about 8,500 rubber trees. More seriously, a resident was electrocuted to death.
Yesterday morning the railway route that runs through Bien Hoa resumed operation after 11 hours of suspension due to the storm.
In Ba Ria-Vung Tau, 35 fishermen were rescued after their fishing boat was damaged in the stormy sea 18 nautical miles off Long Dien District.
In Binh Thuan, the storm left a trail of destruction in its wake: 842 roofless houses, 10 collapsed houses, 7 damaged schools, and hundreds of meters of broken seashore.
Southern region deals with tropical storm aftermath
Southern localities affected by Tropical Storm Pakhar have been taking drastic measures to overcome the aftermaths of the storm and help residents return to their normal lives.
The HCM City People's Committee has instructed authorities to calculate the damage caused by the storm in terms of human and material loss, and restore the traffic on streets and reconnect those who have been cut off from electricity.
The HCM City Park and Green Tree Company has mobilised more than 400 workers to clean streets and remove trees uprooted by the storm.
Electricity companies have fixed 72 out of 85 electricity lines that were damaged during the storm.
The storm destroyed 13 houses and damaged more than 260 in the city.
The People's Committees of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Bac Lieu provinces have mobilised relevant agencies to help local people deal with the aftermath of the storm.
In Dong Nai Province, where one man was killed and nine others injured, authorities have donated VND6.5 million (US$312) to the family of the dead man.
The local health sector is providing check-ups and treatment for local people, while taking measures to prevent flood-born diseases.
In Bac Lieu Province, all the houses that were damaged during the storm have been repaired with financial help of the provincial budget.
The Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has asked southern localities to keep a close watch over potential flooding, with a focus on evacuating people from high-risk areas to safe areas.
Storm Pakhar, the first storm of this year, claimed two lives and injured nine more, and the two who were swept away by the floods remain unaccounted for.
The storm destroyed 418 houses, damaged 4,477 others sank 36 boats and flooded more than 6,700ha of rice.