Natural calamities nationwide left 66 dead and missing and caused economic losses of 2.2 trillion VND in the first six months of this year, said the General Statistics Office.

Preliminary report indicated that disasters damaged and toppled more than 10,000 houses, inundated over 67,000 hectares of rice and food crops and killed about 60,000 heads of cattle.

During this period, disaster-hit localities received over 110 billion VND in relief aid to help the locals stabilise their production and lives.

Additionally, in order to overcome shortage of food, ministries, department and localities dispatched 16.500 tonnes of foodstuff and 9.2 billion USD to affected households./.