Over 6,000 youths, students and soldiers have joined hands to clean up streets, roads, public works and houses in Da Nang city after the year's 11th storm, Nari, hit the central region.

It's estimated that over 25,000 tonnes of garbage and debris littered the coastal roads of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa after the storm ended on October 16.

The city has restored 90 percent of power and fully recovered the water supply for local residents. Most high schools, kindergartens and primary schools reopened after a one-day closure.

Vietnam Airlines resumed flights a few hours after the storm ended, adding six more to carry the nearly 2,000 passengers stranded by the storm.

"We have been working hard to clear rubbish, leaves and fallen trees on main streets since the storm eased. However, larger debris will take us at least one week to clean," said head of a team from the city's tree and park company Dinh Tien Dung.

"The 11th storm has been the biggest I have seen during three years studying in the city. Most of my friends from the college have been working in all streets and roads to make the city clean again," a student from the Da Nang Architecture College, Vu Manh Cuong, said.

As many as 1,000 soldiers from Military Zone 7, the Navy, the Air Force and Border Guards have been sent to assist in road clearance and to treat the area with chemicals for disease prevention.

The deputy secretary of the city's Communist Youth Union, Tran Vu Duy Man, said members were sent to the most seriously affected areas in the city as well as to support environmental cleanup teams.

The city will contribute 10 million VND (470 USD) to support each family with damaged home, while those injured by the storm will receive 3 million VND (140 USD) each. Other aid will be given to the families of missing people and those whose homes were completely destroyed.

The storm damaged 1,100 houses and pulled down over 40,000 trees with estimated losses of 869 billion VND (33 million USD). Only 11 people were wounded, however.

Vietnam Red Cross (VNRC) responded quickly and effectively by deploying provincial disaster response teams to Quang Tri, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai where they are assessing the situation and co-ordinating with authorities to provide emergency relief aid to affected communities.

VNRC has distributed emergency household kits to families in Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Binh, and provided 2 billion VND (95,000 USD) to help meet people's immediate needs.-VNA