In his message of sympathy to the typhoon-hit provinces, Mr Manh wrote that Xangsane, with its devastating force, swept across several central and Central Highlands provinces, particularly Da Nang city, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai, causing great human and material losses.
“However, with the joint efforts by local Party organisations, administrations and relevant ministries as well as timely instructions from the Government, we have succeeded in mitigating the devastation of the typhoon,” wrote Mr Manh.
The Party leader conveyed his condolences to families of the victims and expressed his hope that they will overcome difficulties soon. He also asked local Party organisations and administrations to strictly implement the Government’s telegram on overcoming the consequences of the typhoon to maintain social order and security, resume normal life and production, prevent epidemics, and resume transportation and communications.
The same day, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Presidium sent a message of sympathy to central and Central Highlands provinces over serious human and material losses caused by Typhoon Xangsane.
The presidium expressed its belief that Party organisations, joint forces and local people in the storm-hit areas will uphold the spirit of unity and mutual assistance to overcome the consequences of the natural disaster, quickly stabilise people’s lives and resume production activities.
The presidium decided to provide VND1-2 million for each victim’s family.
HCM City also decided to donate VND2 billion in emergency aid to Da Nang city and Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces which have been severely hit by the typhoon.
Many State agencies and social organisations located in the city has launched a fund-raising campaign which will last through October.
The same day, north-central Thanh Hoa province handed over VND100 million worth of emergency aid each to Da Nang city, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam provinces, and VND50 million each to Quang Ngai and Quang Tri provinces.
Typhoon claims at least 16 lives
Typhoon Xangsane which slammed into the central region on October 1 has left at least 16 people dead and hundreds of others injured, and caused material damage worth thousands of billions of Vietnam Dong.
The typhoon claimed four lives in the hardest hit city of Da Nang, four in Binh Dinh province, two in Quang Nam province and two in Quang Binh province. Four people were washed away by floodwaters in Nghe An province. Most casualties were reported at the height of the storm.
Hospitals in the central region became overloaded with too many injured people in need of treatment. Da Nang GeneralHospital alone has received nearly 500 patients over the past two days.
Tens of thousands of houses collapsed under water or had roofs blown off. About 10 boats sank off Son Tra islands while several old houses in the ancient town of Hoi An suffered severe damage.
Transportation was disrupted on several sections ofHo Chi Minh National Highway
due to landslides and falling trees. Power was not restored in many parts of Da Nang city, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam provinces.
Although the typhoon moved deeper into Laos, people in the central region have been warned of flash floods, landslides and widespread flooding due to continued torrential rains. According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, flood waters are receding slowly from major rivers in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam and north Central Highlands region after reaching an alert level early on October 2.
Central provinces from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai are painstakingly helping affected families resume their normal lives and prevent epidemics. The local electricity, post and telecommunications and transport sectors are trying to resume normal services.
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