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Natural disasters cost Ca Mau province over 43 million USD



Drought, rains, inundation and landslides have cost Ca Mau province an estimated $43 million from the outset of the year, according to the provincial steering committee on natural disaster prevention, search and rescue.

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More than 20,800 households faced a lack of fresh water due to drought (Photo: VNA)

More than 20,800 households faced a lack of fresh water due to drought, while 43,583 hectares of forest dried up and carried high risk of forest fire. Heavy rains and thunderstorms damaged 859 houses, 35,638 hectares of rice, over 578 hectares of other crops, 408 hectares of orchards, and more than 20,500 hectares of aquaculture.

Hundreds of kilometres of roads were damaged by inundation caused by torrential rains and high tides, while frequent erosions are taking place along 105 km of the coastline, with the most critical sections of Da Bac drainage- Moi canal and Moi canal- Tieu Dua.

Furthermore, five were killed at sea due to natural disasters, and two are still missing.

Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Le Quan ordered competent authorities to give timely support for locals to recover production, keep close watch on weather developments, and proactively take measures to mitigate impacts of natural disasters.

The provincial steering committee has asked the Government to provide financial support for the province to settle consequences of erosion, and the National Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue to help the locality with search and rescue equipment like long-range communication device and power generator./.VNA



Vietnam Airlines employee faces dismissal for violating quarantine rules, spreading Covid-19



Vietnam Airlines employee faces dismissal for violating quarantine rules, spreading Covid-19

Vietnam Airlines flight crew walk with their suitcases at Noi Bai Airport to prepare for boarding a flight to Japan, September 19, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

The Vietnam Airlines flight attendant who violated quarantine rules and caused a mini Covid-19 outbreak in HCMC has been suspended and faces possible dismissal.

The 28-year-old man, tagged as “patient 1342,” has been suspended for his actions “that led to serious consequences,” the carrier said in a statement.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had sought an explanation from it after at least three locally transmitted cases were found in HCMC.

The flight attendant had returned to Vietnam from Japan on November 14 and was quarantined for four days at a facility managed by Vietnam Airlines in HCMC’s Tan Binh District.

After two tests showed he was negative for the coronavirus, he was let go but told to isolate himself at home.

Only flight attendants are allowed the short-term quarantine to ensure staff availability for flights.

But during his self-isolation at home, the airline employee came into contact with his mother and two friends, including a Vietnamese man working as an English teacher who came to stay with him for a few days.

On November 29, 15 days after he returned from Japan, he tested positive for the virus, and the next day the English teacher friend too did so. The teacher had meanwhile spread the virus to a nephew and a student of his.

The flight attendant told authorities he had left home on Bach Dang Street in Tan Binh District at noon on November 21 to eat on Le Van Sy Street in Phu Nhuan District.

He then visited Hutech University in Binh Thanh District on November 22.

Phan Ngoc Linh, head of the Vietnam Airlines cabin crew division, has also been suspended for 15 days for letting his subordinate violate quarantine rules.

The carrier on Wednesday also issued a public apology.


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Hanoi to ban motorcycles by 2030



Currently, six million cars and motorbikes are registered in Hanoi.

Hanoi has been preparing conditions for banning motorbikes in its downtown before 2030, Kinh te & Do thi Newspaper reported.

The city will expand the bus fleet and improve the services of Hanoi’s mass transit network from now to 2030.

Public transport has received due investment with the bus network expanding to 126 bus lines across the city. The bus network currently covers all 30 districts.

 Six million cars and motorbikes are registered in Hanoi. Photo:

In the coming time, the municipal People’s Committee will focus on upgrading transport infrastructure, giving priority to executing road infrastructure projects to ease traffic jams, environmental pollution, and private vehicles.

Hanoi will also increase the application of information technology in transport management and operation.

The municipal government also attaches importance to raise people’s awareness in abiding by the Law on Road Traffic and encourage local residents to use public vehicles instead of private ones.

According to the Hanoi Department of Transport, the plan will include the end of licensing of new motorbikes.

The capital city’s population is nearly eight million. Currently, six million cars and motorbikes are registered for operation in the city, another two million have been brought from other provinces, and one million from the police and defence forces.

However, experts and the public have been unhappy with the idea of banning motorcycles in the city, saying that public transport has yet to meet the demands of local residents. Meanwhile, cars should be restricted as well, since they are also a cause of traffic jams. Hanoitimes

Anh Kiet


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Agent Orange victim overcomes difficulties to help others



Hoàng Lan Hương learns how to knit by her feet. She is paralysed as a consequence of war, but always leads to a meaningful life. — VNA/ Photo Nam Sương

TUYÊN QUANG — Hoàng Lan Hương was born paralysed, has difficulties in speaking and finds it hard to communicate with others.

The only body part she can control is her feet and although she has to use a wheelchair, she hasn’t lost her optimism.

Hương is learning how to write and read, to draw pictures, plant flowers, knit and even use a smartphone by herself.

Trịnh Thị Mùi, Hương’s mother, said she gave birth to her in 1977. She was a cute and healthy baby girl.

However, she didn’t grow up much and was still the size of a three-month-baby when she turned one.

The couple took the baby to the hospital for health a check-up and were informed that the Hương was suffering from exposure to Agent Orange.

Due to her weak health, Hương spent most of her time in her house in Minh Xuân Ward in northern Tuyên Quang Province. She couldn’t speak well, found it hard to communicate and couldn’t move much.

Mùi thought her daughter would live like that for the rest of her life, but Hương had other ideas.

At the age of 10, Hương was able to write on paper by herself.

“We went to the bedroom and saw her write with her feet. There were her names, her age, our names, our ages. They were clear and easy to read,” Mùi said.

Mùi and her husband couldn’t hold back their tears of happiness.

“She learnt it by herself. She learnt it when we helped the children with their studies.”

Hoàng Chất Lượng, Hương’s father, said he used to be a soldier and had been exposed to toxic chemicals sprayed by the US during the war.

Hương is paralysed as a consequence of war.

She can use a smartphone and creates her own Facebook account to socialise with people. 

Since the day Hương showed her ability to write, Lượng has spent part of his monthly allowance to buy books, newspapers, paper and pens for her to study.

Hương became more self-confident and cheerful and started learning how to knit clothes for her mother and younger brother. She also studied how to embroider.

Her biggest embroidery painting is more than a metre long and features a landscape of mountains. She has also learned how to draw pictures and paints the faces of her parents, children and herself.

Mùi said Hương was sometimes so passionate for the work that her legs cramped up, but she would insist on finishing.

Hương has also learned to socialist. She can use the computer, write emails, surf the web and creates her own channels to guide people on how to knit or embroider.

She posts photos of her products on Facebook and her paintings, woollen hats and flowers made from vegetables and fruits have received a lot of support from internet users.

Hương gives a large number of her products to donate to disadvantaged children in remote areas. On each photo, Hương writes sentences to encourage people and herself to overcome difficulties and lead a meaningful life.

Vũ Việt Lan, head of Hà Nội-Sài Gòn Volunteering Group, said Hương gave woollen hats that she made to donate to children in mountainous areas in Tuyên Quang, Hà Giang and Lạng Sơn provinces.

This was a special gift to the children as they were made by a special person who always willed herself to overcome the pain of Agent Orange and have a meaningful life, she said. —


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