PM encourages Khanh Hoa to overcome damages by Typhoon Damrey

Thursday, 2017-11-30 11:27:11
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (centre) pays a visit to local people in the coastal areas of Van Ninh district, Khanh Hoa province, where suffered heavy damages due to Typhoon Damrey. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged local authorities in the Central Coastal province of Khanh Hoa to urgently overcome the consequences caused by the deadly Typhoon Damrey in early November, with a focus to ensure the lives of families whose houses destroyed and families who are at a disadvantage due to the storm.

On November 30, the government leader paid a working visit to the province to examine the work towards overcoming the aftermath of Damrey, the 12th and deadliest typhoon to hit Vietnam this year. Khanh Hoa suffered the most as the storm is considered to be the biggest in the past dozen years for locals.

It is noteworthy that the locality is less inclined to storms and local people’s awareness is limited and they therefore lack the skills to cope with storms. Over the past 20 days, despite efforts, overcoming the consequences of Typhoon Damrey in Khanh Hoa is still challenging.

Under that situation, PM Phuc arrived at Van Ninh district and Ninh Hoa town - two localities in the eye of the storm - to direct the acceleration of the recovery after this extreme disaster.

The PM came to Van Lang Secondary School (Van Gia town), which was the most affected by the storm with many classrooms having been destroyed. The school has resumed operation, along with 50 out of the 80 schools in the locality.

After the flood, the district had actively implemented measures to handle consequences. As a result, the supply of electricity has been restored and most roads have been repaired.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc visits the family of Huynh Duy Cuong, who was killed while protecting his fishing cages when Typhoon Damrey approached. (Credit: VGP)

PM Phuc also visited the Van Gia fishing village in the district where hundreds of shrimp and fish raising cages and houses were seriously damaged. According to statistics, before the typhoon arrived, there were more than 10,000 cages in this area.

The leader also arrived at the Khatoco garment-textile factory, which was seriously damaged by the storm with damages worth over VND32 billion, forcing 1,500 workers to stop working for at least 45 days.

The PM told local officials that as the government’s funding is limited, the province needs to mobilise other resources to support victims, and create credit measures to help local people overcome damages.

He urged Khanh Hoa to urgently work with banks to reschedule debts for local farmers and fishermen, and to also create favourable conditions for them to borrow additional loans to produce immediately.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspects production line of Khatoco Garment Factory in Khanh Hoa. The company suffered damages worth over VND32 billion during the deadly storm. (Credit: VGP)

He encouraged local people to strive along with the support from the local government to quickly overcome the storm’s consequences. Sharing difficulties with businesses, the PM affirmed that the central government will continue to provide support to units affected by the hurricane.

The same day, the PM is scheduled to have a working session with key officials of Khanh Hoa to discuss measures which will help the province quickly restore production for businesses and restore the order for locals as soon as possible.

Typhoon Damrey hit Vietnam’s south central coast on November 4. According to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, following downpours and floods claimed 89 lives and left18 missing and 174 others injured as of November 7. Khanh Hoa suffered the most damage with 37 deaths, nearly 1,000 houses were completely destroyed, and nearly 98,000 homes unroofed. Total damage was estimated at over VND14.7 trillion.