Saturday, November 10, 2007

Vietnam's PM tours storm-stricken Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged authorities of central Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces to brace for the approaching typhoon Peipah while quickly overcoming the aftermath left by recent floods.

The PM, while touring natural disasters-stricken Quang Ngai and Quang Nam provinces on November 8, expressed his sympathies with families of victims on their losses and asked the two provinces’ authorities to enhance the relief work, sanitation improvement and disease prevention and control.

PM Dung also urged the two provinces to take drastic measures to fulfill its socio-economic development targets of this year.

The recent floods have caused great losses in human and property in Quang Ngai and Quang Nam.

In Quang Ngai, floods claimed 23 lives, left two missing and eight injured. More than 50,000 houses were submerged, nearly 500 others were destroyed. Total loss was estimated at VND 85 billion.

Meanwhile, natural disasters left 20 people in Quang Nam dead, two missing and nine injured. They also left many houses and inter-provincial roads in ruin and pulled more than 10,000 trees down.

Calling at the Dung Quat Economic Zone in Quang Ngai province, he asked the management board of the zone-based Dung Quat Oil Refinery Plant to speed up construction work and ensure safety for workers while focusing on personnel training to prepare for the plant’s trial run in June, 2008. The plant will be put into official operation in February, 2009. (VNA)