An excavator works to remove land and soil, triggered by a landslide in Quảng Ngãi Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Phước Ngọc
Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The number of victims of Typhoon Damrey continues to rise, with 89 killed, 18 missing and 174 injured in the central and south-central regions.
The number of fatalities increased by 20 from the report on Tuesday.
The data was released on Wednesday morning in the latest report of the National Committee for Search and Rescue.
Khánh Hòa Province suffered the most, with 37 killed and 138 injured, while nearly 1,000 houses collapsed and 97,930 houses had their roofs blown away.
Lê Đức Vinh, chairman of the People’s Committee of Khánh Hòa Province, said the damage was initially estimated to be VNĐ7 trillion (US$308 million).
The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting on Wednesday morning said torrential rains, triggered by a cold spell and wind disturbance, would continue to hit provinces from Nghệ An to Quảng Ngãi until the end of Thursday.
Quảng Ngãi Province’s districts of Minh Long, Ba Tơ, Sơn Hà and Sơn Tây, as well as Giá Vực, Tây Trà, Trà Bồng and Bình Sơn, have been put on high alert for flash floods and landslides in the next 12 hours, the centre said.
Due to prolonged heavy rains, reservoirs in the provinces were believed to be full; therefore, the provinces’ local administrations were reminded to promptly deal with the situation to ensure safety of residents, the centre said. — VNS