Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung (front, second from left) inspects the settlement of storm consequences in Xa Ho commune, Tram Tau district (Photo: VNA)

Yen Bai (VNA) – Yen Bai province and its Tram Tau district in particular should continue keeping a close watch on the post-storm weather to actively cope with the impacts of follow-up downpours, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said.

He visited Tram Tau district on August 22, applauding local efforts to respond to storm Dianmu which helped mitigate the impacts of the typhoon in the northern mountainous locality.

He told Yen Bai and Tram Tau authorities to push ahead with settling the consequences of the storm and ensuring residents’ livelihoods.

Tram Tau has been heavily affected by storm Dianmu, which killed two and injured one in the district. Five houses there totally collapsed while 17 houses were damaged, and 91 others were unroofed.

Total damage caused by Dianmu in Tram Tau has exceeded 8.6 billion VND (385,600 USD).

Also on August 22, the Ministry of Health ordered its subordinate bodies in the north to gear up for possible floods and landslides as a result of heavy rains triggered by the typhoon.

Local health departments and medical agencies are also ensuring environmental hygiene and food safety at storm-hit areas to prevent outbreaks such as dengue fever, diarrhea and conjunctivitis.

Medical forces and equipment also need to stand ready for deployment when necessary, the ministry said.

Dianmu, the third storm of the year, swept through the northern region on August 19, claiming seven lives as of August 21.

While two people from Bac Giang and Lao Cai remain unaccounted for, eight others in Hanoi, Yen Bai, Vinh Phuc and Phu Tho were injured, according to the Office of the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control.

The tropical storm also caused 44 houses to collapse, blew away the roofs of 651 houses and inundated 1,511 others.

While 14 bridges across the hit provinces damaged, thousands of roads, canals and dams were submerged and damaged. Blackouts were reported in a number of areas due to fallen electric poles and damaged transmission lines.-VNA