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Whirlwinds uproot trees, collapse houses in central region

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Quang Tri (VNA) – Torrential rains and whirlwinds taking place on October 13 and 14 have caused severe damage for residents and production in the central provinces of Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.

On October 14, the dreadful weather blew up roofs and made nearly 100 residential houses completely collapsed in Quang Tri’s Trieu Phong district within an hour. It also ruined plants and killed animals on local farms. Many residents had to flee their homes seeking for shelters.

The same day, Chairman of the Quang Tri People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chinh arrived on the scene to examine damage and visit affected households.

Rains and whirlwinds hit Thua Thien-Hue on October 13 and 14, uprooting trees and causing serious flooding.

A woman in Phu Vang district was reportedly missing, 87 roofs of houses in Phu Vang and Phong Dien districts were blew up, and more than 2,000 hectares of cassava in Phong Dien flooded.

In Hue City, water flooded over 20 roads, while trees fell over in major streets. The condition is blocking traffic in several parts of the city.

Hue’s relevant agencies are making efforts to clear streets and ensure electrical safety. Local students are allowed to skip school due to safety reasons.

On that context, the national steering committee on natural disaster prevention held an online conference with the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Da Nang, Quang Ngai and Quang Binh.

These localities were tasked with closely monitoring the situation, setting up response teams in vulnerable areas and spreading storm updates and warnings to remote areas.-VNA
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