PSNews – According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, natural disasters in 2018 have caused great damages, worth 15,000 billion VND, to the country.
According to statistics, up to 20 natural disasters have negatively affected Vietnam in 2018, leaving 205 people dead or missing, injuring 158 others, as well as destroying 1,747 houses and damaging 30,429 others.
|Natural disasters leave a loss of 15,000 billion VND in 2018.
The natural disasters also badly damaged 217,829 ha of paddy rice and vegetable crops, 30,666 ha of industrial crops and fruit trees; killed 27,155 head of cattle and 458,790 poultries; and overflew 11,047 ha of aquaculture farm.
In addition, natural disasters blew off 343km of sea and river dykes and cannel embankments as well as badly affected roads across the country.
An estimated total economic loss caused by natural disasters could mount to 15,000 billion VND.
Currently, torrential downpour caused by a tropical depression killed 14 people and injured 11 others in the south-central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, while five people went missing as of November 20.
The tropical pressure originated from the weakened Storm Toraji. The rainfall in Khanh Hoa was measured at between 30 mm – 200 mm on November 17-18. In particular, Nha Trang city reports rainfalls of 380 mm. The number of the houses pulled down or damaged by severe floods is yet to be collected.
Military, police and militiamen in Nha Trang are looking for the missing in damaged areas. Meanwhile, relevant agencies continue to move local residents in high-risk regions to safer places and demolish constructions which hinder the city’s sewage systems.
On November 22, a tropical depression developed in the central region of the Philippines may intensify into a storm and enter the East Sea. The possible storm will be the ninth typhoon to hit Vietnam this year. By Thien Minh