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Storm Podul causes three deaths nationwide

Storm Podul, the fourth hitting the East Sea, left three people killed and four others injured as of 3 pm on September 1.

According to the standing office of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the natural disaster also destroyed and damaged 1,232 houses, submerged 405 others, and harmed 6,769 ha of rice and 403 ha of vegetables. A total of 6,370 domesticated animals were dead or swept away, while damage was inflicted on 2,941 ha of aquatic farming.

A tree fallen on a car at Hoang Hoa Tham street in Hanoi during the storm. Photo: VNA

To tackle such consequences, the office has asked localities to keep track of the developments of rain, flood, and tropical depressions near the East Sea in order to timely adopt protection measures.

The mobilization of resources to help resident repair their houses and fix damaged damps as well as the examination of dyke systems and natural-disaster-prevention facilities are also necessary, it added.

The committees for natural disaster prevention and control and for search & rescue activities of provinces and cities have also been tasked with inspecting areas with high risk of flash flood and landslide to promptly evacuate residents. Relevant forces should also stand ready to tackle any problem arisen in areas prone to flooding.

According to the National Centre for Hydrometeorology Forecasting, Storm Podul landed in central provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh in the small hours of August 30.

Due to the impact of the storm, provinces from Nghe An to Quang Tri suffered strong wind, while localities from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue saw heavy rains from 100-250mm.-VNA/VNP