Đắk Nông hit by heavy rainfall, whirlwinds

Update: May, 11/2016 - 15:20
A 1,000sq.m. glass house for agricultural production in Nguyễn Tất Thành University in Đắk Nông Province was severely damaged by the heavy rainfall and whirlwinds. – Photo
Viet Nam News

ĐẮK NÔNG  — Heavy rainfall and whirlwinds blew away the roofs of tens of houses and severely damaged high-tech agricultural cages in the Central Highland province of Đắk Nông.

The loss is estimated to run into billions of đồng.

The provincial Irrigation and Flood Prevention Department said on May 8 and May 9, Krông Nô and Đắk Glong districts and Gia Nghĩa Town experienced bad weather, such as heavy downpours and whirlwinds. 

Dozens of houses and hi-tech agricultural cages in the two communes of Đắk Ha and Đắk Nia in Gia Nghĩa Town were damaged and their roofs were blown away, resulting in a loss of nearly VNĐ1.5 billion (US$67,300).

In Đắk Nia Commune, a 2,000sq.m. area where vegetables and flowers were planted was completely destroyed. Some 1000sq.m. glass houses, homes for officials, public employees and a greenhouse nursery for seedlings at Nguyễn Tất Thành University also collapsed.

In Đắk Ha Commune, the local authority estimated the natural disaster resulted in a loss of some VNĐ200 million ($8,974) for the residents.

K’Sem, vice chairman of the communal People’s Committee, said the rainfall that lasted for one hour caused serious damage for residents in ward 6, 4 and 7. The committee has sent staff to help local residents repair their houses and clean up the area.

The province has witnessed heavy rainfall and whirlwinds four times from late March until today, destroying hundreds of houses, schools and agricultural production facilities. The total loss is estimated to be nearly VNĐ10 billion ($448,700).  — VNS