Locals residents in southern central provinces are cleaning up fallen trees, repairing their houses and damaged sea dykes after storm Sinlaku passed through the localities late November 29.

Phu Yen province reported no casualties thanks to good preparations, but 33 houses collapsed or had their roofs blown off by strong wind and rains, it was reported at a November meeting between Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat and local officials.

A sea dyke at Da Dien river mouth was damaged while many local roads were submerged under water, and 210 ha of food crops were inundated.

The province’s officials asked the Government for more investment to upgrade important seawalls and enhance forecast capacity for local hydrometeorological centres.

The minister took note of the requests, while asked the province to give timely assistance to residents in storm-hit areas in overcoming the damages.

Meanwhile, Binh Dinh province reported that a 50m section of the sea dyke in Quy Nhon city was damaged in the storm, while dozens of houses lost their roofs and hundreds of trees fell.

The provincial authorities have mobilized more than 100 young volunteers and soldiers of the border guard force to repair the dyke, which protects hundreds of households in Nhon Ly commune from the sea.

After sweeping through Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces, Sinlaku has weakened into a tropical depression, bringing torrential rains to provinces from Da Nang City to Phu Yen and the northern region of the Tay Nguyen Central Highlands.-VNA