President Triet steps up typhoon damage control (06-10-2006) President Nguyen Minh Triet (second from left ) presents a gift to a typhoon victim's family in Quang Nam Province's Dien Ban District. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Quang DA NANG — State President Nguyen Minh Triet shared his sympathies and consoled residents in central Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province, which suffered huge losses from the devastating Typhoon Xangsane, yesterday. The typhoon left at least 51 people dead or missing, when it slammed into the central coastal provinces last Sunday, and resulted in losses mounting to VND10 trillion (US$623 million). In working sessions held with local authorities and the Central Committee for Storm and Flood Control, President Triet was briefed on the damages as well as reconstruction efforts undertaken by the coastal provinces. Da Nang was the worst hit with 26 casualties and 61 injured, said chairman of the municipal People's Committee Tran Van Minh. The typhoon collapsed almost 10,000 houses, damaged 26,000 others, 320 vessels and felled 20,200 trees. The city suffered losses worth nearly VND5.3 trillion. Minh said the city was allocated VND40 billion in advance to provide food and necessities to victims on Wednesday. Two enterprises in Hoa… Read full this story
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