PM praises bravery in saving lives during onslaught of Storm Damrey

Wednesday, 2017-11-08 10:08:55
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (far left) presents gifts and encourages families affected by floods from Storm Damrey in Hoi An city, Quang Nam province. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on November 7 sent a letter to Son Nam Company Limited based in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa and the provincial People's Committee, praising the bravery by Nguyen Ba Luan and his colleagues in saving lives during the onslaught of Storm Damrey during the previous days.

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In his letter, the government leader said that he was moved to know that, while Storm Damrey was making havoc, Luan, Director of Son Nam Co., Ltd, and several colleagues bravely took to their canoes on the sea in order to join functional forces to save many people in distress.

On behalf of the government, PM Phuc warmly praised and appreciated the spirit of responsibility and deep humanity of Luan and his colleagues. “This noble action is worthy of respect towards the good tradition of “the leaves protect tattered ones” and “Do as you would be done by.”

The PM also asked authorities in the South Central Coast to continue to concentrate on directing recovery work and organising visits to encourage disaster victims to stabilise their life and production. They were also urged to be cautious against complex natural disasters, while also encouraged to proactively develop measures to cope with natural disasters, implement rescue work and ensure the safety of people.

On the occasion, the top leader also called on relevant agencies, organisations and individuals throughout the country to join hands to provide support for people affected by typhoons and floods.

Da Nang municipal People's Committee Chairman Huynh Duc Tho also voiced his grateful message to locals, officials and soldiers in the central coastal city for their efforts in helping to overcome the aftermath of Storm Damrey in order to prepare for the most attentive environment and service for the ongoing APEC 2017 Economic Leaders’ Week hosted by Da Nang.

Da Nang citizens join hands to restore a welcome gate downed by Typhoon Damrey at noon November 4. (Credit: NDO)

Over the past days, due to the strong impact of the typhoon, preparations for the AEPC high-level event faced a range of difficulties. Strong winds and heavy rains damaged many landscapes throughout the city, with downed trees, abundance garbage on beaches and main roads, damaged works serving for APEC, and many residential areas flooded.

In response to the call from of the chairman, local people joined hands together on November 5 to address damages caused by the storm, ensure environmental sanitation and restore landscapes for the APEC event.

With great spirit and enthusiasm, Da Nang has done great things: after more than a day, the city has become clean and organised, ready to welcome guests of APEC 2017, Chairman Tho said, conveying his deep gratitude to the city’s residents, functional forces and volunteers for contributing greatly to the preparation for the APEC high-level meeting from November 6-11.

According to the latest report from the Office of the National Committee for Search and Rescue, as of 5pm Tuesday, damages caused by Typhoon Damrey, the twelfth to enter the East Sea this year, were on increase, with the death toll reaching 89, 18 people missing and 174 others injured.

Khanh Hoa suffered the most with the highest number of fatalities, along with nearly 1,000 houses completely collapsed and nearly 98,000 homes damaged or unroofed. Le Duc Vinh, Chairman of Khanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee said that estimated loss by the storm in the province was recorded at over VND7 trillion.

Many houses in Yang Mao village, Krong Bong district, Dak Lak province, collapsed during the onslaught of Storm Damrey at night November 4. (Credit: NDO)