Viet Nam: Tropical storm Mindulle kills at least 10, injures 64

from Government of Viet Nam
Published on 27 Aug 2010 View Original
Tropical Storm Mindulle claimed 10 lives, and left 64 injured and one missing after battering the countrys central northern region, the Flood and Storm Prevention and Control Steering Committee reported yesterday.

Heavy rain following the storm would continue in the northern region over the next few days which could cause flash floods and landslides in the highland areas, the weather forecasting centre said.

Six of the deaths were reported in Nghe An Province, three in Ha Tinh Province and one in Quang Binh Province.

Total property losses in Ha Tinh, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces were estimated to reach more than VND850 billion (US$43.3 million).

The storm led to the collapse of 461 houses and nearly 47,880 houses in Quang Tri, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces lost their roofs.

About 89,600ha of rice and subsidiary crops and 5,443ha of aquaculture breeding areas were flooded.

Thirty-four vessels sank in the storm.

Da Nangs Flood and Storm Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue Committee deputy director Huynh Van Thang said ten missing fishermen were rescued on Wednesday after floating around in traditional basket boats in rough seas for two days off the coast of Cu Lao Cham Island in central Quang Nam Province. Seven returned home and three were sent to Da Nang General Hospital for treatment.

Reports from local authorities showed electricity was returned in parts of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces and fallen trees were cleared away to ensure traffic safety.

About 300 soldiers have been sent to flood-hit areas in Ha Tinh Province to help victims rebuild their homes and save flooded rice crops. Tens of thousands of sand bags have been installed to prevent floods and landslides.