Deputy PM inspects flood-hit areas in Binh Dinh, Quang Ngai hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung encourages a local resident affected by heavy rain. (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on December 9 visited Tuy Phuoc district in the south central province of Binh Dinh, one of the hardest hit areas by recent floods where many villages are still being isolated.

The Deputy PM asked for the relocation of residents living near the bank of Ha Thanh river in Luat Le village to safer places, while requesting Binh Dinh’s authorities to give timely support to flood victims.

The province should roll out measures to assist families facing difficulties, while mobilising forces to help locals repair their houses to resume normal lives and production after the flood.

According to Ho Quoc Dung, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, flood has killed 16 people and injured five others, while collapsing 225 houses, uproofing 120 others and destroying nearly 20,000 hectares of rice fields and harming many transport and irrigation works.

Deputy PM Dung directed the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, and Industry and Trade to help Binh Dinh overcome consequences of the disaster, especially restoring damaged roads.

The same day, the Deputy PM visited the family of Nguyen Minh Hai in Phuong Quang commune whose house was destroyed by flood, and the bereaved family of Dao Minh Tai in Nhon An commune, An Nhon town. Tai was swept away and killed by floodwater on the way home from school on December 8.

According to Chairman of Binh Dinh provincial People’s Committee Ho Quoc Dung, the two consecutive floods over the past month killed 16 persons and injured 5 others. A total of 225 houses in the province collapsed and nearly 20,000ha of rice was destroyed. Total losses were estimated at 800 billion VND (over 35.4 million USD).

Also on December 9, Deputy PM Dung visited and handed over gifts to flood victims in Binh Dinh’s neighbouring province of Quang Ngai.

The recent floods killed 10 people in the province, leaving four missing and inundated 1,800 houses. More than 700 hectares of rice fields and over 3,500 hectares of crop were damaged. National Highway 24 and 24C as well as many provincial roads were also affected.

The Deputy PM required the locality to timely deliver aid to flood victims to ensure no one suffers from hunger. Priority should be given to recovering farming production, repairing houses and public works and preventing diseases.-VNA