|Border guards and residents in Hướng Hóa District of Quảng Trị Province clear mud left by flooding along roads. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘi — Three people have died and 112 others were injured after storm Noul swept through the central region on Friday, reported the Office of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control Sunday.
The typhoon, the fifth arising in the East Sea so far this year, made landfall on Friday morning and hit central localities, especially Đà Nẵng, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Bình, and Quảng Trị before weakening into a tropical low pressure system.
It destroyed 10 houses and blew away the roofs of 22,562 houses. Torrential rain-induced flooding submerged 79 houses, as well as over 3,000 hectares of rice fields and crops.
Up to 36 power poles collapsed, while three transformer stations were damaged and three telecommunications towers and 15 cable car systems were broken. Many localities in Thừa Thiên-Huế have suffered power outages. So far, the locality has restored power to 75 per cent of areas affected.
Serious erosion occurred along 6.2km of the coast of Thừa Thiên-Huế. Landslides blocked many roads in central provinces.
By Sunday morning, traffic had resumed on most of the blocked national highways, provincial highways and roads in the provinces of Nghệ An, Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên-Huế.
Affected localities are working hard to repair the damage.
The Office of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has directed localities to support affected locals and keep a close watch on the water levels in rivers.
The localities have been asked to evacuate people in areas at high risk of landslides and flooding to safe places, while remaining ready to deal with problems occurring at reservoirs.
On Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control asked localities and ministries to promptly tackle the storm’s aftermath and actively respond to its effects as torrential rains are expected to continue over the next few days.
Dũng asked localities to promptly assist affected people, particularly in repairing houses, cleaning up, leaving no one hungry and helping business resume operations.
Ministries of National Defence and Public Security were asked to arrange staff and equipment to assist people in affected areas.
Dũng asked that information be provided so people can prepare for any after-effects. — VNS