Minister directs coping with storm, flooding in central region

Friday, 2020-10-23 21:45:55
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Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong (standing) speaks at the meeting. (Photo: NDO/Tra Lam)
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NDO/VNA – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong has asked ministries, agencies and localities to seriously follow directions of the Secretariat, Prime Minister and head of the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control on response to the eighth storm and overcoming consequences of flooding in the central region.

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During a meeting in Hanoi on October 23, Cuong also asked the Border Guard High Command to work closely with the Directorate of Fisheries, fisheries surveillance forces and localities to ensure the absolute safety at sea.

Fishing vessels in danger zones were also urged to move to safe areas while localities must ensure the safety of households in areas at high risk of flash floods and landslides, especially in districts in Quang Binh.

He also noted that units concerned should work with localities to keep a close watch on the developments of storms and tropical low pressure, and monitor the safety of Ke Go lake in Ha Tinh and Ta Trach lake in Thua Thien Hue province to mitigate loss.

Director of the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Mai Van Khiem said the eighth storm is forecast to weaken into tropical low-pressure when moving near the mainland. It will result in rainfalls from Thanh Hoa to Thu Thien Hue from October 24-25.

Donations sent to flood-hit victims in central region

A working delegation from the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VCS)’s Hanoi chapter handed over cash and necessities to residents hit by the recent flooding in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue.

In Quang Tri, they offered donations to 31 disadvantaged families in Dong Giang ward, Dong Ha city, each including VND1 million (US$43) and necessities.

While in Thua Thien Hue, the delegation granted VND150 million to the VCS’s provincial chapter and 30 gifts to disadvantaged families in Hue city.

In the first relief, the Hanoi chapter assisted flood-hit victims in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue with total aid worth over VND1.1 billion, including cash, necessities, food and necessities.

On October 23, the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front received cash and donations worth over VND18 billion from collectives and individuals for the effort.

It also withdrew VND8.3 billion from its fund to support central provinces, including VND3 billion for Thua Thien Hue, VND1.5 billion for Quang Tri, VND1.5 billion for Quang Nam, VND2 billion for Quang Binh, and VND300 million for Quang Ngai.

In the northern city of Hai Phong, over 120 businesses and organisations donated VND90 billion and over 200 tonnes of rice on October 23.

Earlier, the Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Cambodia’s Preah Sihanouk province also held ceremonies to call for donations.