QUANG NINH - Heavy rain from Typhoon Kujira lifted water levels in rivers in mountainous Son La Province yesterday. The storm killed at least three in the province, including a four-year old child. More than 20 houses were damaged or swept away by flash floods, which also caused extensive damage to provincial infrastructure projects.
Ten crew members on board four barges that lost anchor during the storm were rescued by Van Don District border-patrol force in coastal Quang Ninh Province. They were taken to the Ngoc Vung Border Post to receive medical care while soldiers tried to retrieve the barges.
The provincial authority banned all vessels from going out to sea and asked residents to move aquaculture cages.
By early morning yesterday, more than 8,000 vessels had safely returned to shore. All localities are on alert to minimise damage from possible flash floods and landslides.
Provincial residents were ordered to leave landslide-prone areas for safer places. In Quang Yen District, the town mobilised thousands of volunteers to place sandbags along the dyke.
In Thai Binh Province, the Border Defence Command told 1,218 vessels still at sea and 3,325 acquaculture workers to return to shore.
Thousands of residents, who lived outside local dykes and by the coast were told to move into storm shelters.
The worst flooding in decades affected many sites in Thai Binh City as well as the districts of Kien Xuong and Tien Hai. Residents used sandbags and wooden planks to block the water from entering homes.
Nam Dinh Province ordered 2,000 ships and boats to anchor in safety by 10am yesterday. Owners of aquaculture farms were provided with regular storm information.
The storm brought heavy rains to Hai Phong City, injuring one and sinking two ships anchored in Bach Long Vy.
The storm weakened into a tropical low pressure late last night.
Floods are forecast for rivers in the Hong-Thai Binh system today and tomorrow - and in provinces from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh. - VNS