|Stranded tourist on Co To Island. — Photo vnexpress.net
QUANG NINH (VNS) — The Naval High Command and the Quang Ninh Province authorities today sent a naval vessel to Co To Island to bring back 1,500 stranded tourists to the mainland.
The tourists had been stranded on the island since last weekend due to torrential rains.
Chairman of the People's Committee of Co To Island District Hoang Ba Nam said all hotels and guest houses had offered accommodation to the tourists at 30 to 50 per cent discounts during the time they were stranded on the island.
Torrential rainfall of up to 824mm hit the province, including Co To, between Sunday and yesterday, killing 17 people, while six persons were missing. More than 3,900 houses collapsed, causing an estimated loss of more than VND1 trillion ($46 million).
More than 38,500 households have been provided electricity this morning in Quang Ninh Province.
The Quang Ninh Electricity Company said more than 1,700 households still ived without power in Van Don Island District, which was inundated with floods triggered by the torrential rain.
It was unsafe to supply electricity when the floodwater was still high, the company said. — VNS