|A man in central Quang Binh Province wades through a flooded road following heavy rains from storm Nari, which hit central provinces early this week. In Da Nang City, people are commencing rebuilding efforts in the storm's wake. — VNA/VNS Photo Vo Thi Dung
DA NANG (VNS) — Over 6,000 youths, students and soldiers have joined hands to clean up all streets, roads, public works and houses after the year's 11th storm, Nari, hit the central region.
It's estimated that over 25,000 tonnes of garbage and debris littered the coastal roads of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa after the storm ended on Wednesday.
The city has restored 90 per cent of power and fully recovered the water supply for local residents. Most high schools, kindergartens and primary schools reopened after one day closure.
Vietnam Airlines resumed flights a few hours after the storm ended, adding six additional flights to carry the nearly 2,000 passengers stranded by the storm from HCM City to Da Nang; Hue-HCM City and Da Nang-Ha Noi yesterday.
"We have been working hard to clear rubbish, leaves and fallen trees on main streets since the storm eased on Tuesday afternoon. However, larger debris will take us at least one week to clean," said head of a team from the city's Green tree park company Dinh Tien Dung.
"The 11th storm has been the biggest I have seen during three years studying in the city. Most of our friends from the college have been working in all streets and roads to keep the city clean again," a student from Da Nang Architecture College, Vu Manh Cuong, said.
As many as 1,000 soldiers from Military Zone 7, the Naval Force, Air Force and Border Guard have been sent to assist in road clearance and to treat the area with chemicals for disease prevention.
The deputy secretary of the city's Communist Youth Union, Tran Vu Duy Man, said members were sent to the most seriously affected areas in the city as well as to support environmental cleanup teams.
The city will contribute VND10 million to support each family with damaged home, while those injured by the storm will receive VND3 million each. Other aid will be given to the families' of missing people and those whose homes were completely destroyed.
The storm damaged 1,100 houses, completely collapsing 112 others, and pulled down over 40,000 trees with an estimated loss of VND869 billion ($33 million). Only 11 people were wounded, however.
Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) headquarters responded quickly and effectively by deploying provincial disaster response teams to Quang Tri, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai where they are assessing the situation and co-ordinating with authorities to provide emergency relief aid to affected communities.
VNRC has distributed emergency household kits to families in Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and flood-affected Quang Binh. VNRC has released VND2 billion (US$95,000) to help meet people's immediate needs. — VNS