of Typhoon Durian will receive Government aid: PM
Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and NA Office staff donate money to
the Typhoon Durian victims. — VNA/VNS PhotoTri Dung
|Soldiers help residents
repair houses damaged by Typhoon Durian in Binh Thang Commune, Binh Dai
District, Ben Tre Province. The typhoon has so far claimed 62 lives,
left 19 missing and over 1,000 injured, after hitting Viet Nam’s
southern coast. — VNA/VNS Photo Trang Duong
HCM CITY — The
Government has set aside VND150 billion (US$9.4 million) from the central
budget, to help victims of the devastating Typhoon Durian to rebuild their
lives, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in HCM City yesterday.
The typhoon has so far
claimed 62 lives, left 19 missing and over 1,000 injured, after smashing into
the southern coast of Viet Nam earlier this week.
Economic losses from
collapsed houses and sunken ships are estimated to reach VND5.2 trillion ($325
million), according to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm
Dung was in HCM City
yesterday, to chair an emergency meeting to discuss measures to help
typhoon-stricken localities overcome the aftermath of the typhoon. Deputy PM
Truong Vinh Trong and representatives from various ministries, agencies and
provinces also attended the meeting. Dung, who had postponed his working visits
to Malaysia and Singapore yesterday, in order to attend the meeting, relayed his
condolences to the families of the victims.
The Prime Minister said in
concluding the meeting that Typhoon Durian, the ninth of the year, was tracked
early and the country had taken initiatives in preventing and controlling it,
including continuous information updates to ministries and the people.
Dung also pointed out that
the carnage inflicted by the typhoon was probably more pronounced due to the
fact that it hit the southern provinces, which are rarely affected by storms.
He ordered searches for
the missing to continue, medical treatment to the injured to go on and to ensure
victims families are adequately cared for.
The Government has put
aside between VND2 million and VND5 million to aid people to restore their
houses which were either collapsed or damaged.
The Prime Minister went on
to ask local authorities to remain vigilant in stamping out profiteering by
sellers of goods in the affected areas and to bring needed infrastructure back
on line as quickly as possible.
Delta schools opened
Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta
provincial authorities are stabilising the region after the havoc of Typhoon
Durian by reopening damaged schools, ensuring essential materials and allowing
fishermen to return to sea.
As of Wednesday night,
Typhoon Durian had left 60 dead, 38 missing and 433 injured after ravaging Viet
Nam’s southern coast on Tuesday, according to the Central Steering Committee
for Storm and Flood Control.
Around 121,000 houses and
dozens of schools were damaged while 696 fishing vessels sank.
have provided essential goods such as rice, instant noodles, milk and household
kits to typhoon victims in accordance with Government directives to keep victims
from going hungry.
The majority of students
in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces of Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Ca
Mau and Bac Lieu returned to school on Wednesday.
However, about 30,000
students in Ben Tre’s three hardest-hit districts – Ba Tri, Binh Dai and
Giong Trom – have not returned to school since the storm. Local authorities
are urgently rebuilding schools to have the remaining students return within ten
Material prices up
The prices of essential
construction materials such as nails and fibro-cement roofing sheets have
increased by 5-10 per cent in Ben Tre, Tien Giang and Vinh Long provinces since
Several materials are
scarce in the most damaged areas of Giong Trom District, Ben Tre Province. Local
residents have had to collect nails to build temporary shelters.
In Binh Dai District, the
hardest hit in Ben Tre, even coconut palms have become scarce as the typhoon
destroyed most of the recent harvest. This has forced people to re-roof their
houses with old and damaged palms taken from their destroyed homes.
Nguyen Phuoc Hai, Chairman
of Binh Dai District’s People’s Committee, said local authorities have
ordered that building materials vendors be inspected and heavily fined if caught
trading illegally in order to prevent price rises and ensure the supply of
Fishing vessels move to
As the typhoon moves out
of the country, Kien Giang, Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces have allowed docked
fishing vessels to travel out to the sea again. Weather officials have urged
fishing vessels to keep up to date on weather forecasts to stay safe.
PM Dung meets voters
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan
Dung at a meeting with voters of Thu Dau Mot Commune in southern Binh Duong
Province yesterday expressed his happiness at people’s faith in the country’s
development, and addressed legitimate concerns of voters, including Viet Nam’s
WTO membership, administrative reforms, and corruption.
He told voters that the
Government would concentrate on administrative reforms next year, ranging from
legal institutions to Government organisations, and called on civil service
employees to have greater attachment to the public to meet people’s legitimate
Such efforts were required
for the country to record a steady growth rate of between 8.2 to 8.5 per cent in
the coming years, Dung pointed out.
He also briefed voters
about Government measures to boost administrative reforms, streamline and
simplify administrative procedures and reduce problems for the people and
About corruption and
wastage, Dung affirmed that this was a dark side of the society that the Party,
Government and State were trying to combat.
Along with anti-corruption
efforts, the country had to speed up administrative reforms for building a
healthy, powerful and effective bureaucracy, and step by step reform the salary
policy, he said.
During the process of
international integration, with Viet Nam joining the WTO, the Government would
give priority to investments in infrastructure, science-technology, human
resource training, and encourage businesses to invest in rural and mountainous
areas, Dung said.
The PM confirmed that the
Government was intensifying efforts to achieve high and solid growth rate in the
coming years while ensuring social stability along with poverty alleviation. —