Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked localities and ministries to help victims of tropical storm Rammasun deal with its aftermath.

He asked local authorities to help the victims resume their normal lives as soon as possible, while promptly implementing relief work and evacuating local people living in areas hit by landslides.

The Ministry of Health is tasked to keep the environment hygiene, and ensure the supply of medicine and essential equipment for storm-hit localities if required.

The Ministry of Transport is responsible for repairing damaged roads, while other relevant ministries are requested to work hard to restore electricity and communications to locals.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is also asked to prepare varieties and fertilisers to aid production.

The recent devastating typhoon has killed at least 27 people as it swept through the northern mountainous provinces, unleashing flash floods, landslides and lightning strikes, with Ha Giang, Lang Son and Lai Chau provinces worst hit.

It has caused an economic loss of around 125 billion VND (5.87 million USD), according to the Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue.

A total of 7,000 houses were submerged or had their roofs blown down while 4,000 ha of rice and other subsidy crops were inundated.

The ferocious storm has left at least 46 people dead in China, and nearly 100 in the Philippines.-VNA