THE OLD CITY OF HOI AN HEALS ITS WOUNDS AFTER THE TYPHOON DAMREY PASSING LAST WEEKEND

 

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This year Vietnam experienced 12 different storms and typhoons ravaging the country. The latest typhoon, Damrey, last weekend, killed in the region of Nha Trang, Danang and Hoi An, with winds over 135 km/h and floods of 1.50 m, 106 people, left 25 other missing, 197 wounded, destroyed more than 23,000 homes and damaged 40,000 others as well as flooding more than 4,000 hectares of rice, and sank 10 cargo ships and 1,300 fishing boats. This is the worst natural disaster in the country’s recent history, according to the authorities. The city of Hoi An, classified as UNESCO World Heritage site has been badly hit, putting thousands of locals and tourists in stressful situations. As the residents clean up the damage after the typhoon hit, the Hoi An city’ tanks are threatening to overflow, causing another disaster. At the moment, water has been drained from at least 49 tanks dangerously full, the Committee for Disaster said, and levels in major reservoirs are continually monitored. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked his government to provide $ 5 million in humanitarian aid to Vietnam, the Kremlin said in a statement on Tuesday. The last typhoon occurred just a few days before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) in Vietnam, a summit of Asian leaders where the US and Russian Presidents are expected in Danang. In addition to Putin and Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping is also expected at the summit this weekend.

 

 

 

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