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Ferry catches fire while filling up

Update: January, 16/2012 - 09:56

BA RIA-VUNG TAU — Part of a Greenline 02 hydrofoil ferry caught fire while it was having its petrol tank filled yesterday at the Vung Tau hydrofoil pier.

The blaze was put out after several minutes and no casualties or injuries were reported. The Greenline 02 started from HCM City at about 7am yesterday and reached Vung Tau about an hour and a half later.

The case is being investigated.

Red River sees small flood upstream

LAO CAI — The water level in the upstream parts of the Hong (Red) River passing through Lao Cai Province recorded a small surge, submerging parts of residents' farms and construction sites on the two sides of the river.

Luu Minh Hai, deputy director of the Lao Cai Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, said this was the first time flooding along the river had been recorded in the winter. The water levels in the province's rivers were at extremely low levels during this time last year.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting also said yesterday that cold weather would ease in the northern area during the coming days but light rains would continue. — VNS

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