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Storm Molave made landfall in central Vietnam



Storm Molave made landfall in central Vietnam at noon on Wednesday, bringing winds as strong as 115-135km an hour and rainfall of 100-320mm throughout the region.

Phú Yen beach Wednesday morning battered by strong winds and waves. 

The disaster risk of the Molave storm is at Level 4 out of the country’s five warning levels.

Two vessels with 26 fishermen on board from Bình Định Province are missing, and Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng, who is in Đà Nẵng to direct response to the storm, asked the defence ministry to deploy two navy ships and three fisheries resources surveillance boats from Cam Ranh Port in Khánh Hoà to search for them.

The ships went missing at about 1pm yesterday as they attempted to return to the mainland to avoid the storm.

In the morning, the owner of another ship at sea who was able to get into contact with one of the missing ships said the 12 men on board are still safe, according to the Việt Nam Maritime Communications and Electronics company.

Deputy PM Dũng said helicopters are standing by to launch a search and rescue mission when the weather improves.

At 1pm, the eye of the storm was over Quảng Ngãi and Quảng Nam provinces, with winds weakening to 90-110km an hour, or scale 10-11 in the Beaufort wind force scale of 15, with gusts reaching up to scale 12.

Heavy rains, rising river water level, traffic interruptions, power outages, uprooted trees and damaged houses have been widely reported across the central region to the Central Highlands.

As of 12pm, power losses were reported in 403 communes and wards in Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam, Quảng Ngãi, Bình Định, Phú Yên, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Đắk Lắk. The Central Power Corporation (EVNCPC) said it is trying to restore electricity to its customers as soon as possible.

Satellite photo of the storm Molave at 1pm Wednesday. — Photo courtesy ofthe National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting

At about 1pm, Quảng Ngãi Province authorities insisted people must not leave their home or shelter, even during when winds and rains seem to have stopped as it might be just the eye of the storm passing over.

All those evacuated to shelter should remain in place until 4pm when the worst of the storm passes and the debris and fallen trees on the roads are cleared, the provincial authorities requested.

At 10:30am, Đặng Văn Minh, Chairman of Quảng Ngãi People’s Committee, deployed an armoured military vehicle to bring a resident at Sông Trà Hotel to the hospital as he suffered from abnormally high blood pressure.

So far, hundreds of houses in Quảng Ngãi have collapsed or had their roofs blown off by this morning, and a number of canoes and boats anchored at Lý Sơn Island were reportedly sunk by the strong waves.

The provincereported two deaths this morning of men who fell to their deaths while preparing for the approaching storm.

At noon, Gia Lai Province in the Central Highlands region confirmed another death. A 32-year-old man in Pleiku City did not survive the collapse of the wall of a house that he temporarily sought shelter in earlier in the morning.

Two fishermen stranded on a sinking fishing vessel in Tam Quang Commune, Quảng Nam Province, were rescued at noon.

Strong winds are said to be occurring from around 10am to 1-2pm, with persistent downpours to follow.

Da Nang police clear fallen trees on the road to ensure traffic safety Wednesday morning. 

The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting in its 2:30pm report said in the next 12 hours, the storm is expected to move in a west-northwest direction before weakening into a low-pressure area over the Việt Nam-Laos border at around 7pm today.

The winds near the centre of the low-pressure system could reach 40-50km an hour, the centre said.

It warned that seas off the central coastal region from Đà Nẵng to Phú Yên, will see a highly disturbed ocean with waves as high as 4-6m and winds as strong as 75-100km an hour.

A damaged house in Sông Cầu Town, Phú Yên. 

Deputy PM Dũng said Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc frequently called him to get updates on the situation.

Once the conditions permit, Dũng and a working group will visit the south-central region to monitor and direct relief efforts. — VNS



Ho Chi Minh City to kick off largest-ever COVID-19 vaccination drive on weekend



A mass coronavirus inoculation drive with over 800,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will be carried out in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday at around 1,000 vaccination points, a high-ranking health official has said.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son made the statement on Thursday when he joined the municipal Pasteur Institute to inspect the storage of 836,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine jabs having been allocated by the central government to the city.

These doses, developed by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, are among nearly one million shots of the vaccine the Japanese government donated to Vietnam on Wednesday. 

This allocation reflected a priority the government and the National Vaccine Steering Board has given to the nine-million-strong city to help it expand the immunization coverage and thereby drive back the increasing COVID-19 spread, which has so far affected the entire southern city, Deputy Minister Son said. 

The vaccine doses underwent required tests lasting for 48 hours at the Vaccine Testing Institute for safety certification before use, the deputy minister said.

This supplied photo shows the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment upon its arrival in the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi on late June 16, 2021.

This supplied photo shows the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment upon its arrival at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on June 16, 2021.

The vaccination drive is expected to start on Saturday at 1,000 points of inoculation citywide and will last for five or seven days, making it the largest-ever mass COVID-19 immunization in the city.

The inoculation will be intended for priority subjects designated by the government and others including essential service providers, teachers, health workers, people working at administrative agencies, people over 65 years old, and workers at industrial parks and export processing zones.

Each point will vaccinate 200 people per day, which means a total of 200,000 people can receive injections per day.

City authorities have drawn up a plan to mobilize all possible health workers and facilities for the mass inoculation, the deputy minister said, adding that lists of vaccination must be made available within Friday.

“It is a principle that this mass immunization is conducted quickly but must ensure absolute safety for vaccinated people,” Son requested.

Ho Chi Minh City health authorities recently reported that around 11,000 locals have been vaccinated since June 3, bringing the total number of inoculated people to about 84,000 since the city began its immunization program on March 8.

Nationwide, nearly two million vaccine shots had been administered and 90,000 people had received the full two doses by Thursday, according to the health ministry’s data. 

The ministry confirmed 121 new coronavirus cases at noon on Friday, including 119 domestic and two imported cases, of which 59 were detected Ho Chi Minh City.

The new cases have taken the Southeast Asian country’s tally of patients to 12,352, including 62 deaths, since early 2020.

Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave appeared in Vietnam, the country has documented 9,114 domestic infections.

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Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases



Vietnam confirms 59 new local Covid-19 cases

Medical staffs take samples for Covid-19 test in the northern province of Bac Giang. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.

Health authorities confirmed 59 new local Covid-19 cases Friday evening, raising the national tally in the fourth wave starting April 27 to 9,173.

Of the new cases, 30 were recorded in HCMC, 19 in Bac Giang, six in Bac Ninh, three in Ha Tinh and one in Hoa Binh.

All the cases in the northern provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hoa Binh are associated with current outbreaks in the industrial parks there. The cases in HCMC and Ha Tinh are related to the previously confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Vietnam recorded 259 community transmissions in total Friday. Eighty discharges the same day raised the total number of recoveries to 4,733.

Of the 9,173 domestic cases recorded in 41 localities in the latest Covid-19 wave, Bac Giang, neighboring Bac Ninh and HCMC account for 5,083, 1,470 and 1,346, respectively.


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Three foreign education quality accreditation centres licensed in Vietnam



Deputy Minister of Education and Training Hoang Minh Son has signed a decision allowing three foreign centres for education quality accreditation to operate in Vietnam.

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FPT University completes quality accreditation in line with new assessment standards (Photo: FTU)

Accordingly, the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), the Agency for Quality Assurance (AQAS) and the Accreditation Agency for Study Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN), which are based in Germany, will operate in Vietnam for five years.

Of the organisations, ASIIN and AQAS have been recognised by the German Accreditation Council.

FIBAA was licensed to implement evaluation and recognition of higher education establishments and programmes in the fields of law, business, management, social science and social and behavioral sciences.

Meanwhile, ASIIN will provide evaluation and recognition of higher education institutions and training programmes specialising in natural sciences, engineering and statistics, computing and information technology, educational science, and teacher training.

AQAS is allowed to evaluate and recognise higher education institutions and training programmes at all levels in line with Vietnam’s regulations./.

Source: VNA


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