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Typhoon leaves four missing in northern Quang Ninh Province

Update: November, 13/2013 - 09:28

HA NOI (VNS) — Four people remained missing and two others were injured after Typhoon Haiyan battered the northern province of Quang Ninh on Monday.

Four people remained missing and two others were injured after Typhoon Haiyan battered the northern province of Quang Ninh on Monday.— File Photo

According to the latest report from the Central Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Prevention and Control, the typhoon also left 82 people injured after sweeping through the central region last weekend.

The storm itself caused no fatalities, but ten people in the central region were killed last Saturday while preparing for the storm.

A total of nearly 50,000 hectares of crops and 75 houses were destroyed, while the roofs were blown off more than 2,500 properties.

The typhoon caused losses estimated at VND50 billion (US$2.3 million) in northeastern Quang Ninh Province.

Authorities have started clean-up operations in the wake of the typhoon.

In response to the possibility of a new low pressure tropical system developing into a storm in the next few days after entering the East Sea, the steering committee's Vu Van Tu has instructed localities to tighten management of vessels, particularly in southern provinces.

The depression was above the west of Mindanao Island of the Philippines at 7pm yesterday, with wind speeds of 62-74km per hour, according to the National Hydro-meteorologist Forecast Centre.

The health ministry yesterday instructed localities to prepare staff and healthcare equipment in the event the depression makes landfall.

The United Nations has praised Viet Nam's preparations for Typhoon Haiyan, which helped to save lives and minimise damage.

"We are impressed by the extraordinary preparedness measures taken by the Government when confronted with this storm. Strong leadership, right from the highest level, played a key role in minimising the impact and number of lives lost," said UN Resident Co-ordinator in Viet Nam Pratibha Mehta. — VNS



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