A house damaged by flash floods in Bat Xat district (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to grant nearly 1,000 tonnes of rice, maize and vegetable seeds from the national reserves to the northern provinces heavily impacted by the first storm this year.

Accordingly, the ministry will deliver 620 tonnes of rice seed, 230 tonnes of maize seed and 24 tonnes of vegetable seed to Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh and Thai Binh.

Typhoon Mirinae, the first to hit Vietnam this year, swept through the northern region in the midnight of July 27, causing huge human and property damages with the four aforesaid provinces being the hardest hit.

Meanwhile, deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Northwest Region Hau A Lenh on August 5 visited Lao Cai province which was battered by flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the wake of typhoon Nida in early August.

He urged authorities of Lao Cai province to provide support for local residents to overcome the consequences of flash floods.

He inspected the situation in the hardest-hit communes of Coc San and Tong Sanh in Bat Xat district in the northern mountainous province, and presented an aid of 3 million VND (135 USD) to the families of two dead victims of the flash flood.

Three people have been confirmed dead, while seven are missing in the province.

Many houses and facilities have been swept away and damaged.-VNA