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Storm inflicts heavy damage, no casualties reported so far

Update: December, 01/2014 - 08:33
Border patrol forces and volunteers reinforce a damaged sea-dyke in the aftermath of Sinlaku, the fourth storm to hit the country this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Y

PHU YEN (VNS) — No human fatalities have been reported, but the roofs of 33 houses in Phu Yen Province were blown off by the Sinlaku storm that hit two central provinces yesterday.

The storm flooded a number of provincial routes, damaged 210 hectares of agricultural crops as well as sections of the Dien sea-dyke, the Phu Yen People's Committee reported.

Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Chairman of the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control asked the province to step up efforts to warn fisherman to stay close to the shore.

He also told local authorities to provide immediate support to citizens affected by the storm.

Sinlaku also destroyed 50 metres of sea-dykes in Binh Dinh Province.

The province's border patrol force and around hundred volunteers were mobilised to reinforce the dyke with sandbags, and later with stones and concrete, said Ho Quoc Dung, Chairman of the Binh Dinh People's Committee.

The storm blew away the roofs of a dozen houses in the provinces, uprooted hundreds of trees and inflicted extensive damage on the province's infrastructure, Dung said.

The storm, the fourth to hit the country since the beginning of this year, had weakened into a tropical depression after hitting the south-central coast.

Border soldiers in Quang Ngai Province in co-operation with Ly Son Island District's People's Committee have rescued 11 crew members from a stranded vessel in the district's sea area.

The fishing vessel was grounded while trying to find shelter during a storm three nautical miles from Ly Son Island on Saturday.

On the same day, the Marine Rescue Co-operation Centre Zone 2 took an injured crew member from a vessel to Da Nang City for treatment.

The crew member was suffering from injuries to his left eye after his ship was hit by Storm Sinlaku. — VNS

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