Number of Vietnamese killed by Typhoon Ketsana rises to 162

Typhoon Ketsana killed 162 people in Vietnam’s central and Central Highlands regions, with thirteen people still missing and 616 people injured, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control reported October 4.

People in Phu Loc District, Thua Thien-Hue Province, take fresh water from a treatment system financed by Germany’s Red Cross (Photo: SGGP)

Of deaths, Kon Tum Province saw the highest number with 48, followed by Quang Ngai with 35 and Quang Nam 25.

21,500 houses were destroyed, swept away or damaged and tens of thousands of hectares of rice and farm produce also damaged.

SGGP on October 4 and a HCMC- based company, Duc Khai, offered 200 gifts worth VND500,000 each to people in Binh Hai Commune, Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province.

Binh Hai was one of the worst affected areas, where 44 houses were destroyed, 400 lost their roofs and one person died.

The same day, they also visited and gave gifts, worth VND200 million, to people in the province’s district of Son Tinh.

In Da Nang, they had offered VND500 million and gifts worth VND300 million to people in the districts of Cam Le, Hoa Vang and Lien Chieu.

In Thua Thien-Hue, about 2,000 young people volunteered to clear garbage from the streets. Thousands of youth earlier came to low lying areas in the provinces to clean primary schools so that students could soon return to school.

The Red Cross Associations of Vietnam and Germany on October 4 began working on an urgent water treatment system to provide freshwater to 3,000 households, over 15,000 people, in Phu Loc District after the country’s ninth storm.

The German association paid US$200,000 for the system, with a capacity of 5,000 liters of water an hour and operating 16 hours a day.

The system treats river water to become fresh water.

The Vietnamese association said that it has sent money and goods, worth VND2.2 billion, to storm hit regions and called on some international Red Cross associations and relief organizations to donate aid.

The Hanoi Department of Education and Training called on teachers and staff in schools to assist with giving up a day’s salary and each student to help with a sum of money that they spend on breakfast.

The campaign will last between October 2 and 20.

The army telecom provider, Viettel, lent its customers in Danang, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien-Hue, Kon Tum, Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Binh Dinh 3,025 home phones and 1,050 USB D-com (to connect internet from mobile) to replace fixed and mobile services, which were damaged by Typhoon Ketsana.

Phu Yen Province border soldiers said they had rescued a fishing boat that had been adrift at sea for some days.

It is expected that by October 5, the boat will return safely to the mainland with its 12 crew members.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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