Thanh Hoa (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh held a working session with authorities of central Thanh Hoa province on October 15 to direct the recovery from the heavy rains and floods that recently hit the province. 

He praised the province for evacuating 18,588 households out of landslide-prone areas and asked for more search and rescue efforts and attention on ensuring environmental hygiene, disease prevention and supplying water.

The Deputy PM requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly repair two dykes in Xuan Minh and Tho Truong communes, Tho Xuan district, which pose risks to more than 440,000 households in districts of Tho Xuan, Yen Dinh and Thieu Hoa if another downpour occurs.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dinh Xung suggested that the government, ministries and agencies offer aid of 580 billion VND (25.21 million USD) from the State budget to Thanh Hoa to repair dykes and other transport works, as well as add several dyke upgrade projects into the list of medium-term State investment at a total cost of roughly 700 billion VND.

The province also asked for State financial assistance to support affected farmers and sought permission to upgrade dykes along Cau Chay, Hoat and Thi Long rivers at a rough cost of 1 trillion VND.

The disaster killed 16 and left five others missing in the province. It also flooded 28,146 houses, destroyed 28,833ha of trees and winter crops, and 6,055ha of aquaculture, costing nearly 2.7 trillion VND.

The same day, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong arrived in the northern mountainous province of Son La to inspect damages of floods from October 9-11 and direct recovery efforts.

As of October 14, the flood had claimed six lives and left two missing, swept away hundreds of houses and 22 bridges, and damaged more than 960ha of rice.

By October 15, five communes and 26 villages were still isolated.

On the occasion, Phong together with local leaders presented gifts to affected families.-VNA