|Since January, Vietnam has been hit by 248 thunderstorms, eddies and torrential rains; five tropical storms; 13 flash floods and 68 earthquakes. Photo: Quoc Khanh /VNA /CVN|
Figures reported at the meeting, held in response to the International Day for Disaster Reduction, also reported 98 dead and missing from natural disasters during this period. Since January, Vietnam has been hit by 248 thunderstorms, eddies and torrential rains; five tropical storms; 13 flash floods and 68 earthquakes; severe salt intrusions and erosion along river banks and sea dikes in the Mekong Delta.
Addressing the meeting, Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) vice president and general secretary Nguyen Hai Anh said that the VRC still sees responding to natural disasters as one of its main strategic missions and that 'she devoted most of her resources to this work.
According to the official, the VRC has promoted communication campaigns to educate its branches and the public on how to prevent and respond to natural disasters. It was also involved in evacuation, search and rescue and providing assistance during inclement weather. The VRC has distributed more than 118 billion VND in aid to disaster victims in 2019 and 136 billion VND since the start of this year.
- Natural disasters cause nearly 360 deaths and missing in 2020
- Natural disasters cause Vietnam’s economic loss of nearly US$1.7 billion in 2020
- Flash floods leave eight dead and missing, seven injured in Northern region
- Northern region of Vietnam getting ready to deal with natural disasters
- Northern region prepares for natural disasters
- Heavy rains and floods leave 48 dead, missing in central region
- Country actively copes with natural disasters
- Central Vietnam braces for torrential downpours
- 14 houses in Tra Leng swept away due to river erosion