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Storm Talas kills one, destroys thousands of homes

Hanoi (Vietnam News) -- Tropical storm Talas made landfall in the central provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh at around 1am on Monday, resulting in strong wind and heavy rainfall in the region that killed at least one person and destroyed thousands of houses.

The storm is gradually weakening as it moves westwards. The central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien-Hue reported rainfall measuring 70-100mm. Some 100-200mm of rainfall was reported in Nghe An through to Quang Binh.

Following the storm, the second to hit Vietnam this year, more rainfall measuring 100 and 200mm is forecast to hit the northeast and north central localities in the next few days. Latest reports from Nghe An said the storm has killed at least one person, who died after being hit by a sheet-metal roof blown away by strong winds.

Police in central Nghe An Province remove trees uprooted by the storm on Monday.

Nearly 3,000 houses in the provinces had their roofs blown off and thousands of trees were uprooted. Electricity supply in Vinh city and several districts was cut off. Local authorities are searching for a coal ship that went missing on Sunday night with 13 people on board. One died but seven people were rescued until Monday morning.

In Ha Tinh and Nghe An provi nces, hundreds of houses and schools had their roofs blown off and thousands of hectares of crops were destroyed.

In the next 12 hours, the storm will move westwards and is expected to weaken to a low pressure over the area between China and Laos, according to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Localities in mountainous areas in the northern and north-central regions, particularly Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La and Hoa Binh, as well as Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang and Thai Nguyen, along with Bac C?n, Cao Bang, L?ng Son and Quang Ninh, in addition to Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh, were put on high alert for landslides and flashfloods.

According to the latest forecast issued by the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting on Monday morning, water levels of the rivers in Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh were rapidly rising.

Storm recovery

Hanoi witnessed heavy rainfall measuring over 100mm since Monday morning due to the storm. Many roads were submerged for up to 70cm, including Ly Thuong Kiet, Phan Boi Chau, Tran Hung D?o, T? Hien and Nguye n Trai.

At an online conference with localities on Monday morning to discuss measures for relief in the aftermath of the storm, Deputy Prime Minister Tr?nh Dinh Dung asked authorities of localities to quickly check and assess the damage, and promptly provide assistance to affected households.

Provincial authorities were instructed to provide food and water for people in affected areas at the earliest and mobilise all available forces to help residents deal with the devastation and quickly stabilise their lives.

Chairmen of the people's committees of localities were asked to continue checking and relocating residents in areas at high risk of flashfloods and landslides.

Relevant ministries and agencies were requested to take urgent measu res to join localities in relief and rescue efforts, focusing on ensuring there was no interruption in communication and transportation activities, and to keep a close watch on the development of rain and flashfloods to ensure timely measures to deal with the consequences.




(Latest Update July 18, 2017)

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