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Small boat saves lives in central Vietnam

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As heavy rains swept through Quang Tri Province, local resident Nguyen Van Ai maneuvered his small boat through the area’s flooded streets to rescue dozens of his neighbors from the rising floodwater.

Late last week, residents in the province’s Vinh Phuoc quarter found themselves scrambling for safety after floods struck their neighborhood for the second day in a row.  

Pham Thi Mien, a 65-year-old resident, was just one of the many lucky enough to be saved by Ai after being trapped in her home by the storm.

Mien had been trying to move her chickens to a higher level in her house when water levels reached her waist. 

With her daughter caring for a relative at Hue Central Hospital in Thua Thien-Hue, Mien found herself trapped and alone.

“When I finished saving the chickens, water flooded the terrace and the whole area filled up like the sea,” Mien said.

“It was fortunate that Ai and a few young men in the village heard me shouting for help.”

Many houses in the Vinh Phuong quarter of Quang Tri Province, central Vietnam, by the Thach Han River were flooded by torrential rains. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Many houses in the Vinh Phuong quarter of Quang Tri Province, central Vietnam, by the Thach Han River were flooded by torrential rains. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Ai, 40, was given his boat several years ago by an NGO as part of a program to support workers in Quang Tri, located in central Vietnam. 

Though the boat spends most of the year in storage, it has become an integral tool for ferrying stranded residents to safety each flood season.

During this particular flood, nearly 20 households in the village found themselves relying on Ai’s boat to carry them to safety, though rough waters often mean only one resident at a time can safely board the vessel.

“Two households in the village have been able to stay in their houses, but the rest have had to depend on my small boat to bring them somewhere dry,” said Ai.

According to Ai’s wife, many of those saved were senior citizens.

When Ai finally returned home at dawn on October 10, he found that his own herd of cattle and tools he needs for his job as a painter had been swept away.

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Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20201017/small-boat-saves-lives-in-central-vietnam/57305.html

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Health Ministry reports one more imported case of Covid-19

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Workers undergo temperature checks before work to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Vietnam’s Covid-19 infections jumped by one to reach 1,169 as of October 26 – PHOTO: HEALTH MINISTRY

HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid-19 infections jumped by one to reach 1,169 to date, with the latest patient being quarantined in northern Ninh Binh Province upon his arrival in the country, confirmed the Health Ministry.

The 57-year-old man is a resident in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. On October 16, he returned home from Russia on Flight VN5062 which landed at Van Don airport in Quang Ninh Province. The man is under quarantine and treatment at a medical clinic in Ninh Binh.

Earlier, 14 passengers boarding this flight had been confirmed as positive for Covid-19. They were also taken to quarantine facilities in Quang Ninh, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh provinces upon arrival.

As of this evening, October 26, the number of Covid-19 recoveries in the country was 1,061 while 35 other cases have died of the novel coronavirus.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/79129/health-ministry-reports-one-more-imported-case-of-covid-19.html

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Trial for BIDV case opens

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The defendants appear for their first-instance hearing at the Hanoi People’s Court today, October 26 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Hanoi People’s Court on October 26 opened the first-instance hearing for 12 defendants, including eight leaders and employees of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), who were accused of allegedly causing losses of nearly VND1.7 trillion for the bank.

The accused comprise Tran Luc Lang and Doan Anh Sang, former deputy general directors of BIDV; Kieu Dinh Hoa, former director of BIDV’s Ha Tinh branch; Le Thi Van Anh, former head of the corporate client division at BIDV’s Ha Tinh branch; Pham Hong Quang, former head of BIDV’s customer service division; Ngo Duy Chinh, former director of BIDV’s Ha Thanh branch; Nguyen Xuan Giap, former deputy director of the branch and Dang Thanh Nam, an ex-official in charge of customer management at the branch. They were charged with allegedly violating regulations on banking operations and other activities relating to these operations.

Four others who were accused of abusing trust to appropriate assets consist of Tran Anh Quang and Dinh Van Dung, former general directors of Binh Ha Company; Doan Hong Dung, former director of Trung Dung Company and Nguyen Thi Thanh Son, former director of Ha Nam company and a capital contributor of Trung Dung Company.

The hearing is planned to last for 10 days, the local media reported.

BIDV former chairman Tran Bac Ha, who was said to be the mastermind, died while undergoing detention after a long illness.

According to the indictment, from 2011 to 2016, taking advantage of his position, Ha directed his subordinates at BIDV and its Ha Tinh and Ha Thanh branches to grant loans to the Binh Ha and Trung Dung companies with incentives that went against the regulations of the State Bank of Vietnam and BIDV although the two companies did not have enough financial capital to be eligible to borrow the loans.

BIDV Ha Tinh disbursed loans worth over VND2.6 trillion to Binh Ha Company and later failed to control the amount and the shareholders of Binh Ha used the money for improper purposes.

By November 2018, the company still owed the bank VND1.2 trillion, including nearly VND800 billion of irrecoverable debts.

Ha also asked the subordinates at BIDV’s Ha Thanh branch to approve 26 loans for Hanoi-based Trung Dung Company, causing damages worth more than VND864 billion.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/79123/trial-for-bidv-case-opens-.html

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PM orders stopping non-essential meetings to deal with upcoming storm

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (standing) chairs a meeting this morning to discuss measures to cope with the powerful storm, Molave – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – At the National Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control’s meeting held this morning, October 26, to discuss measures to prepare for the powerful storm, Molave, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the ministries and local authorities to stop non-essential meetings, mobilize resources and urge localities to take action to mitigate the impact of the storm.

Vietnam, especially the central region, is facing overlapping storms and flooding. The upcoming storm Molave is forecast to pack strong winds at level 12, which could cause severe damage to the areas it passes through. Therefore, the leader of the Government stressed that ministries and local authorities must remain on high alert.

The prime minister ordered the competent agencies and local authorities to continue to make drastic moves in search and rescue operations as well as to provide prompt and effective support to the five central provinces hit by flooding.

In addition, local authorities must find ways to bring fishermen and their boats back to shore before the storm makes landfall, evacuate residents from landslide-prone areas as heavy rains, flooding and mountainous landslides could occur during the storm, he added.

Tran Quang Hoai, head of the Directorate for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, said at the meeting that if Molave makes landfall packing strong winds at level 12, authorities will have to evacuate more than 1.2 million residents.

Hoai added that 45,000 of the 65,000 fishing boats operating in high-risk areas have been notified of the storm. Competent agencies must urge the remaining boats to find shelter.

Source: https://english.thesaigontimes.vn/79122/pm-orders-stopping-non-essential-meetings-to-deal-with-upcoming-storm.html

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