HCM CITY — Tropical Storm Pakhar, which hit seven provinces and HCM City, killed one person in Dong Nai and Ninh Thuan and injured 10 others.
Officials from central Ninh Thuan Province said Tran Xuan Hau, a 24-year-old fisherman, who was in his boat not far from shore, fell overboard and drowned.
In Bien Hoa City in southern Dong Nai, a man was electrocuted when he was repairing the roof of his house as the storm hit. The province has reported that 712 houses were either destroyed or saw their roofs blown off.
The year's first storm, which packed winds of 39-49kph speed and heavy rains when it formed over the East Sea on Sunday, later weakened into a tropical depression but blew away hundreds of houses after making landfall that evening.
According to the Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province Flood and Storm Prevention Steering Committee, six people were injured with one of them being hospitalised, 12 houses collapsed, and 140 others lost their roofs. But human casualties were kept down thanks to authorities' relocation of residents away from danger zones in the city and seven provinces.
In Binh Thuan, 1,043 families in La Gi town were evacuated.
In Ba Ria – Vung Tau, 47,000 families were relocated and 2,500 fishing boats were moved to safe havens.
In HCM City, many trees fell, streets were flooded, and power was cut. A man riding a motorbike on Nguyen Van Linh Boulevard was rushed to hospital after a tree fell on him. According to the National Centre For Hydrometeorological Forecasting, rainfall in the south-central region, the Central Highlands and the south of the country is expected to be heavier than usual this month. Meanwhile, rainfall in the rest of the country is expected to be normal for the time of year.
11 fishermen rescued
The Viet Nam Marine Police force yesterday morning successfully rescued 11 fishermen from a fishing boat with a broken engine in the waters off central Quang Ngai Province.
The fishing boat, QNg 90046 TS, started drifting after its engine stopped working around 110 nautical miles from Phu Lam Island and more than 600km from central Quang Nam Province's Ky Ha Harbour. It took the police nearly two days to approach the fishing boat after crossing over 290 nautical miles in stormy weather with strong winds and rough seas. The marine police planned to lead the fishing boat with its crew to reach Ky Ha Harbour tomorrow. — VNS