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VND1 trillion for storm-hit provinces
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VND1 trillion for storm-hit provinces

The Saigon Times Daily

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at a teleconference held on November 6 to find ways to cope with the consequences of Tropical Storm Damrey - PHOTO: VGP

HCMC – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered relevant ministries to allocate VND1 trillion (US$43.8 million) for storm-hit provinces, according to local media reports.

He on November 6 chaired a teleconference to find ways to cope with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Damrey, the most destructive storm in decades, which struck Vietnam’s south-central coast on Saturday.

As of November 6 evening, the powerful storm had killed at least 46 people, left more than a dozen missing and caused massive damage for the region.

A leader of the Vietnam Electricity Group said many storm-hit areas were heavily flooded, so the State utility had no way but to suspend electricity supply to guarantee safety for local residents.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs said no households were facing hunger, and asked the affected provinces to give damage assessments to request support.

A tropical low is forecast to develop in the East Sea on the weekend, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry said some damaged railway sections would be fixed by November 19. Many ships sank off the coast of Binh Dinh Province. National Highway 1, especially in Quang Nam Province, was affected.

The Ministry of National Defense has mobilized around 12,000 troops to help local governments to deal with the consequences of the storm.

Vessels have been carrying out their search and rescue missions while the army has been evacuating local residents from high-risk areas, said the Defense Ministry.

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the business groups under it are supplying goods for the region to prevent a possible shortage of goods and keep prices from snowballing.

The Prime Minister warned of floods after the storm, which claim many lives and cause huge damage.
He asked the ministries of agriculture-rural development and finance to prepare a plan to provide VND1 trillion (US$43.8 million) for the affected localities.

In addition, 1,000 tons of rice will be provided for them, with 500 tons for the hardest-hit province and 100-200 tons each of the other affected provinces.

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