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Storm Son Tinh causes damage worth 270 billion VND to road systems

Storm Son Tinh, the third occurring in the East Sea so far this year, had caused losses worth nearly 270 billion VND (11.65 million USD) to national and provincial roads as of July 25, according to the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam (DRVN).

Accordingly, the storm damaged 15,000sq.m of surface of national roads, seven bridges, as well as other works across the nation. The total cost to repair initial damage in national road system is estimated to hit 140 billion VND (6.04 million USD).

Meanwhile, about 80,000sq.m of road surface, three bridges, and sewer systems of provincial roads were completely demolished, causing losses of 127 billion VND (5.48 million USD).

The DRVN has asked transport departments and various sub-agencies in the affected provinces to guard dangerous and flooded spots. It has also worked to clean up road surfaces in flooded areas, as well as conduct inspections on traffic safety systems and road reparations.

Statistics provided by the affected provinces showed that by July 24, torrential rains, floods, and landslides left 29 people dead, five missing, and 26 injured.

Of the dead, 15 were in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai, six in the northern mountainous province of Son La, three in the northern midland province of Phu Tho, three in the central province of Thanh Hoa, and two in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Hoa Binh.

Meanwhile, of the missing people, two were from Yen Bai, two from Thanh Hoa, and one from Phu Tho. 

The natural disaster also destroyed and flooded 12,383 houses, killed and swept away 121,389 head of livestock, and affected 6,208ha of aquaculture.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)’s Department of Crop Production and locality authorities, large sections of rice fields and other food crops were inundated, including 42,606ha of rice in the Red River Delta.