June 25-July 1: Floods cause serious damage to northern mountainous provinces

Monday, 2018-07-02 12:34:44
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A landslide buried 24/28 houses in San Tung hamlet, Ta Ngao commune, Lai Chau province’s Sin Ho district
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NDO - Nhan Dan Online reviews the notable events that have made the headlines over the past week.

Floods cause serious damage to northern mountainous provinces

Torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in the northern provinces, including Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Ha Giang and Lao Cai, causing total damage estimated at VND457.8 billion (US$19.5 million).

The latest statistics from the Standing Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control show that up to 22 people have died and nine others have gone missing due to the flash floods and landslides, as of 6pm on June 27.

Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, issued a dispatch asking the relevant ministries, sectors and localities to focus their resources on the search and rescue mission, along with activities to overcome the flood consequences in the northern mountainous and midland provinces.

Vietnam undertakes first-ever robot-assisted kidney removal surgery

Surgeons at Cho Ray Hospital carry out kidney removal from living donors using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery (Photo: Cho Ray Hospital)

Doctors at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City have carried out kidney removal from living donors using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery, marking it the first time in Vietnam that a kidney removal keyhole surgery has been performed with the assistance of a robot.

The operation was carried out on May 16 on Duong Xuan T., born in 1965, who donated his kidney to his relative. The second operation was carried out on June 20 on Nguyen Van T., born in 1968, who donated the kidney to his daughter.

The two donors were released from the hospital two days after surgery.

Agro-forestry-fishery posts highest GDP growth in decade

The gross domestic product (GDP) of the agriculture, forestry and fishery sector is estimated to expand from 3.95% to 4.05% in the first six months of 2018, the highest level in the past 10 years.

The production value of the agro-forestry-fishery sector is expected to increase by 4.2%, of which cultivation will record an annual rise of 4.12%, animal husbandry 2.04%, forestry 5.21% and aquaculture 6.49%.

High school students sit National Graduation Exam 2018

Candidates listen to exam regulations prior to the start of the tests.

High school students across the nation sat their 2018 graduation exam from June 25-27, with over 99% of the registered candidates sitting their exam, according to the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET).

The ministry’s statistics announced the proportion of candidates to sit each test as follows: literature 99.55%, math 99.52%, physics 99.34%, chemistry 99.22%, biology 99.35%, foreign languages 99.63%, history 99.35%, geography 99.44% and civic education 99.56%.

Sixth GEF Assembly opens in Da Nang

The 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly officially opened in the central city of Da Nang on June 27, one of the most important events on the environment hosted by Vietnam in 2018.

Along with a plenary session, the event also includes a number of discussions on issues related to food, land use and restoration, sustainable cities, cooperation in implementing the 2030 agenda, plastic waste released in the ocean, and reform in green power.

Italy wins Da Nang international fireworks festival

An impressive pyrotechnic display from Italy's Martarello (Photo: VNA)

Italy’s Martarello toppled the US’s PyroVision in the final of the 2018 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival (DIFF 2018) to take the championship cup and the US$10,000 first prize on June 30.

The competition, which ran from April 30 to June 30, attracted eight teams from Vietnam, Poland, France, the US, Italy, Hong Kong (China), Sweden, and Portugal.

In the two months of the fireworks festival, the number of tourists arriving in Da Nang reached approximately 1.6 million, up 25.54% compared to the DIFF 2017.

First Vietnam Digital Awards launched

The Vietnam Digital Communication Association (VDCA) launched the first Vietnam Digital Awards 2018 in Hanoi, on June 29, to honour and award prizes to the outstanding individuals and organisations for contributing to the digital transformation and the development of the digital economy in Vietnam.

The awards will be open to applications from July 1 to the end of September. The awards ceremony, which is expected to be held in November this year, will be televised live on Vietnam Television.