Storm Wutip causes damage of over $520 mil. to central Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – According to the latest report released on October 4, damage caused by typhoon Wutip in the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Binh Thuan and Quang Binh is up to VND11 trillion (about $523 million).

In particular, Quang Binh suffered the biggest losses of over VND8 trillion and Nghe An with the least losses of VND1.3 trillion, mainly caused by broken dams and reservoirs of hydropower plants.

In Thanh Hoa, the worst damaged areas is Tinh Gia district, with an estimated number of VND135 billion, caused by broken dams of Dong Dang and Thung Coi. Thousands of hectares of rice and vegetables, aquaculture areas, more than 1,000 homes were submerged or swept away.

On October 4, flood waters withdrew in Tinh Gia. More than 1,000 households in the flood- inundated area returned home to clean their houses. However, the lives of the flood victims are still strewn with difficulties since most of them have become moneyless.

Due to heavy rainfall, Nghe An discharged water from Vuc Mau reservoir, causing heavy flood in Hoang Mai Town. Of the nearly VND1.300 trillion of damage after the storm Wutip in Nghe An, water discharge from Vuc Mau contributed up to VND800 billion. Some 20,000 households were flooded for 27 hours.

In Quang Nam province, water discharge from a reservoir flooded eight communes in Bac Tra My district and swept away a young man. Currently, 6 out of 21 large hydropower reservoirs in the Central Region and Central Highlands are nearly.

Related to hydropower, in the dialogue held by the Vietnam Rivers Network and the Union of Quang Nam Science and Technology Association last week in Hoi An town, Ms. Phan Thi Qua from Loc Bon commune, Phu Loc district, Thua Thien – Hue province, said that since local people gave land to build hydropower projects, apart from the loss of land, they are unemployed and their lives are impoverished.

Ms. Tran Thi Kim Hoa from Dai Hong commune, Dai Loc district, Quang Nam province said that those who live in Vu Gia River Basin have permeated the suffering from hydropower. “Before the construction of hydro-power plant, flood brought about alluvium but now it brings about sand. In the summer, water is exhausted but in the rainy season, people are threatened by dams.”

According to a report of the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control, the death toll in the Wutip storm is 12 people, 2 people went missing and 225 were injured.

The super typhoon also caused 193,702 houses unroofed or damaged, 30,118 houses flooded and 528 houses collapsed. In addition, thousands of hectares of crops were flooded and damaged.

In addition, nearly 400,000m3 of roads were eroded and buried; 25.761m roads eroded or damaged. The North-South railway, Highway 1A and Ho Chi Minh Highway have resumed operation.