Typhoon Vicente - Jul 2012
Typhoon Vincent made landfall as a category 4 storm in the Quangdong province in southern China on 24 Jul 2012, killing three people, toppling 300 houses and damaging 13,600 hectares of crops (Xinhua, 24 Jul 2012). In neighboring Guangxi, 400,000 people were affected (Xinhua, 26 Jul 2012). The typhoon weakened quickly into a tropical depression and then into a low pressure zone, causing heavy rainfall in northern Viet Nam, where nine people were killed, mainly due to landslides and drowning (UN Country Team, 27 Jul 2012).
Since the beginning of this year, natural disasters have killed 121 people and injured 225 others and caused property damages of VND1,741 billion.
In a recent telegram, the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control asked all municipal and provincial People’s Committees to brace themselves for more natural calamities in the coming time.
To minimize human and property losses, they should take preventive measures against flash floods, storms and landslides, especially in mountainous and remote areas.