Bold and rapid action urged in post-Damrey reconstruction of central Vietnam

Thursday, 2017-11-09 09:16:26
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Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung calls for bold and quick relief efforts in the aftermath of Damrey.
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NDO - Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung has called on the disaster relief agencies to take aggressive and immediate action to support the people hit by Typhoon Damrey in the central region in order for them to return to normality as soon as possible.

Chairing a meeting on November 11, Dung said that the government sympathised with the losses and difficulties experienced by the people affected by the disaster.

He stated that priority must be given to protecting lives during the clean-up process and called for further efforts to search for those still missing.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have been asked to work closely together to ensure the safety of hydropower reservoirs, dams and dykes.

Meanwhile, the Ministries of Defence and Public Security were asked to mobilise more resources to help local residents repair their houses and the Ministry of Health was requested to provide the necessary chemicals to treat water and contain possible epidemics.

Dung emphasised that no one is allowed to go hungry, use unsafe water or suffer from illness without medicine being available for treatment.

The Deputy PM also directed the Ministry of Transport to quickly repair all major roads and recover the sunken ships, while requesting that the power utility companies restore the entire power network.

According to official reports, Typhoon Damrey caused 91 deaths and left another 23 people missing as of November 8.

The storm also devastated a great number of homes, destroyed thousands of hectares of crops and aquaculture farms, damaged roads, railways, power infrastructure and affected many flights across the central region.