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Relief aid accelerates as flood deaths hit 66

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm




Relief aid accelerates as flood deaths hit 66


QĐND – Friday, October 22, 2010, 23:13 (GMT+7)

The dead toll from the severe floods caused by heavy rain in the central region reached 66 on October 21, according to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.


Ha Tinh province recorded the highest number of deaths of 32, Nghe An, 20, Quang Binh, nine, and Thanh Hoa, five.


Forty-four others have been injured and only eight were still missing, said the committee.


In the afternoon of October 21, rescuers recovered the bodies of 14 passengers drowned when their bus was swept away in flood waters in Ha Tinh province’s Nghi Xuan district.


The search was continuing for other passengers on the bus who may have floated away.


The Bao Viet insurance company in Ha Tinh, Nghe An and Dak Lak provinces initially paid VND25 million in insurance payouts for each victim in the accident.


At present, 120 communes and 38,029 households in Nghe An province are inundated, with 35 communes marooned.


As many as 183 communes and 175,110 households in Ha Tinh province and 16 communes and 53,520 households in Quang Binh province are still submerged.


On October 20, roads via Ha Tinh province were reopened to traffic while some portions of railway routes through Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces remained deeply inundated.


The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and officials from the ministries of defence, public security, and agriculture and rural development made a fact-finding tour in Ha Tinh province.


The PM held a working session with authorities of the flood-hit localities to ensure necessary works were promptly carried out to overcome flood consequences and stabilize production and the local people’s life.


As many as 5,100kg of PUR, 6,000 kg of Cloramin B, 300,000 tablets of Aquatab, and 3,000 single use toilet bags were delivered to the flood-hit provinces to help process flooded water for daily use.


Transport workers have been deployed to clear land erosion sites on roads in these localities. They have also been posted at dangerous sites to guide traffic.


The Consular Department of the Foreign Ministry sent a telegraph to the Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei asking it to contact relevant agencies there to verify and process procedures for 16 fishermen aboard Boat QNg 96455-TS of Quang Ngai province, who were rescued by a Brunei rescue ship on October 19, to return home soon.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Hanoi accelerates clean-up of river filth

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm




Hanoi accelerates clean-up of river filth


QĐND – Friday, July 02, 2010, 21:55 (GMT+7)

Hanoi People’s Committee has urged sectors and authorities to speed up the cleaning of the banks of the To Lich and Nhue rivers, which flow through six major city districts.


In recent years, the streams have become dumping sites for all sorts of rubbish, which has seriously polluted the sites.


The clean-up is part of the city’s preparation for the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi in October.


Speaking at a meeting of the committee on Wednesday, vice chairman Vu Hong Khanh said the work had lagged behind schedule because of numerous people encroaching on space along the rivers.


Khanh asked the Department of Construction to mobilise workers and vehicles to clear away domestic waste along the banks. He said the job should be finished by the end of this month.


He said the amount of waste should be calculated and plans made to cart it all away. An initial survey shows that nearly 20,000cu.m of domestic waste were involved along the 11,400 metre-long-bank of the To Lich River. And there are also numerous waste sites scattered along the banks of the Kim Nguu River.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND