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— Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh signed a decision on Tuesday to give a warning against Pham Van Thanh, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh, for his shortcomings related to the Viet A COVID-19 test kit scandal when he was leader of Dong Trieu Town in the northern province.
— Ho Chi Minh City is sinking at a rate of 16.2mm per year, The Strait Times cited data from a study conducted by a team of international scientists led by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.
— Authorities in north-central Nghe An Province announced on Tuesday night the investigation into the unusual deaths of six rhinos that were kept at the Muong Thanh Dien Lam ecological zone in Dien Lam Commune, Dien Chau District.
— Police in southern Dong Nai Province announced on Tuesday the legal proceedings against and the arrest of two more people involved in a ring that trafficked people to Cambodia to get ‘light work, high pay,’ bringing the total number of suspects prosecuted so far to 11.
— Border guards of Tinh Bien International Border Gate in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province on Tuesday afternoon received 44 Vietnamese citizens, who had been rescued and handed over by Cambodian authorities from labor-abusing casinos.
— The People’s Committee of Thua Thien-Hue Province announced on Tuesday an investment of VND20 billion (US$844,700) in the renovation of the Ho Thuy Tien Park, which had been abandoned for several years.
— Authorities in Soc Trang announced on Tuesday the cancelation of the construction of a pair of carp-dragon statues on the two shores of the Maspero River with an allocation of nearly VND15 billion ($633,580) from the provincial budget due to disagreement and arguments over the project.
— Vietnam will host a friendly game with Singapore at Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday night as part of the preparation for the 2022 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup, a biennial football competition organized by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).
Typhoon Noru weakens after wreaking havoc in central Vietnam
Typhoon Noru weakened on Wednesday morning after making landfall and wreaking havoc in central Vietnam, while heavy downpours are still in the forecast over the next few days.
The typhoon made landfall between Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province at around 3:30 am on Wednesday, unleashing winds of 103-133km per hour, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.
At 7:00 am the same day, the wind speed decreased to between 62 and 74km an hour.
|A restaurant is damaged in Da Nang City, Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong|
The storm is expected to travel west in the next 12 hours and be downgraded to a tropical depression and later a low-pressure area.
Due to the influence of the storm, provinces in central Vietnam and the northern part of the Central Highlands recorded massive rainfall of about 200-300 millimeters on Tuesday night.
More downpours are forecast for these localities on Wednesday and Thursday, posing a high risk of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas as well as serious flooding in low-lying locations.
|People fix power lines in central Vietnam following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong|
On Wednesday morning, scores of uprooted trees were recorded in Da Nang, according to the observations of Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper reporters.
Many roofs of houses were also seen lying on the streets.
Some residents began cleaning up areas around their homes even though the city was still affected by strong winds.
|Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong|
In Quang Nam, residents also reported uprooted trees and blown-away roofs following the landfall of Noru.
Multiple houses were submerged as serious floods hit the province’s Phu Ninh and Tay Giang Districts.
In north-central Quang Tri Province, nearly 1,400 people in Vinh O Commune were isolated after a bridge was swept away by floodwaters.
|Officers remove an uprooted tree from a street in Da Nang City, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tien Phong|
Authorities in north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province reported that more than 70 houses had their roofs blown away and eight others collapsed during the storm.
Noru and its circulation affected the power supply to about 1.2 million households in the central and Central Highlands regions, according to Vietnam Electricity (EVN).
|Fishermen check their boats following the landfall of Typhoon Noru, September 28, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tien Phong|
|A utility pole is broken due to strong gusts in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: B.D. / Tien Phong|
|A neighborhood is flooded in Phu Ninh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Le Trung / Tien Phong|
|A house is submerged in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: P.L. / Tien Phong|
|A house has its roof blown away in Thua Thien-Hue Province, Vietnam, September 28, 2022. Photo: Van Linh / Tien Phong|
Concurrence of rain, high tide causes misery on Ho Chi Minh City streets
A rainstorm triggered by the circulation of Typhoon Noru coincided with high tide peaking on the Saigon River on Tuesday afternoon, submerging roads and stalling vehicles in Ho Chi Minh City.
The water level in canals across Ho Chi Minh City began to rise and flow into the streets at around 5:00 pm.
As a result, several streets in low-lying District 7 such as Tran Xuan Soan and Huynh Tan Phat were dozens of centimeters below water, impeding traffic.
|An alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street is submerged under floodwaters in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong|
Many commuters tried to wade through the inundated routes, while several others ended up with broken-down vehicles.
Local vendors also struggled as floodwaters submerged their stalls.
|A woman displays her food stall on a flooded alley down Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong|
“This road has been flooded every tidal season for more than ten years,” said Le Thi Ly, a 56-year-old resident of Huynh Tan Phat Street.
“Every time floodwaters flow into our houses, we have no choice but to move furniture to higher positions to avoid damage.
|Floodwaters inundate a residence in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 27, 2022. Photo: Tien Phong|
“I hope the local tidal sluice project will soon be operating so that we will be less miserable every high tide season.”
Ly, like many other local residents, had to use boards to keep water out of her house.
Vietnamese deputy foreign minister expelled from Party
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung was expelled from the Party following his arrest over the allegations of receiving bribes during the organization of repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong chaired a meeting of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat on Tuesday to consider the disciplinary actions against Deputy Minister Dung and Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant to the permanent deputy prime minister.
The Secretariat stated that Dung lacked responsibility and violated the Party’s regulations and state’s laws in directing and organizing repatriation flights for Vietnamese citizens abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The deputy minister was also investigated and arrested on suspicion of bribery.
Meanwhile, Linh took advantage of his position, compromised working principles, and violated the Party’s regulations and the state’s laws during the selection of enterprises to organize repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Linh was apprehended later the same day on suspicion of receiving bribes during the organization of repatriation flights.
|Nguyen Quang Linh, assistant to the permanent deputy prime minister, is seen in this photo provided by officers|
The violations of Dung and Linh resulted in serious consequences and adversely affected the reputation of the Party organization.
The Secretariat thus decided to expel both Dung and Linh from the Party.
The arrests of Dung and Linh were part of a wider investigation where officials were accused of taking bribes from Vietnamese citizens abroad who wanted to return to the country when commercial flights were not available during the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the Ministry of Public Security launched an investigation into the case in late January, a score have been prosecuted and detained, including many officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, and Ministry of Transport, and former leaders and officials of the Immigration Department.
During a press meeting in June, investigators stated that the bribes were worth tens of billions of dong. (VND10 billion = US$421,100).
Vietnam organized nearly 2,000 repatriation flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the spokesperson of the Ministry of Public Security.
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