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Submitted by maithuy on Wed, 10/20/2010 - 10:04
The entire 16-strong crew of a sunken fishing boat was rescued by Brunei marines off the Hoang Sa archipelago at 17h on October 19, reported the rescue force.

The Hoa Hai boat, captained by Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, was broken by typhoon Megi and lost contact with land.

The news was confirmed by Ly Son island authorities in the central province of Quang Ngai later the same day, who said Captain Sinh had telephoned his family about his and crew members’ survival. However, information on the whereabouts of the rescued fishermen has not yet been released.

The Hoa Hai boat was just one of eight fishing boats stranded in dangerous waters.

The provincial border guards command said about 411 fishing boats are still offshore and they are trying to locate and contact with these fishing boats.

Since typhoon Megi hit the central region on October 13, the death toll has reached 36.

Almost 200,000 homes have been inundated, over 8,000 ha of rice fields, 38,000 ha of crops and almost 40,000 tonnes of food in stores have been either flooded or swept away.

Domestic and international efforts have been increasing to alleviate the plight of typhoon victims.

The Vietnam Red Cross Association President, Tran Ngoc Tang, said the association has sent supplies to 12,000 victim families, which however fell far behind demand by people in flood areas.

The association on October 18 sent the third batch of urgent aid worth over VND2.1 billion (roughly US$107,000) in cash and kind to typhoon Megi victims in the three central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh. The aid included VND350 million in cash, 3,000 barrels of water-purifying pills, 50 tents and 3,600 barrels of daily necessities.

The Prime Minister has signed decisions to aid disaster victims in the central region.

One of the decisions allowed the allocation of VND70 billion from the 2010 Central Hedge Fund and free supply of 3,000 tonnes of rice for flood victims in the three central provinces .

The Ministry of Finance has been assigned to allocate VND20 billion to buy seedlings, domestic animals and aquatic breeds to help recover production in flood areas.

In addition, the Prime Minister has entrusted the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to supply free 2,800 tonnes of rice seedlings, 200 tonnes of maize seedlings and 110 tonnes of vegetable seedlings for 15 provinces hit by the recent natural disasters, including the three central provinces hit by typhoon Megi.

The Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese Community Federation in Laos have also raised over VND170 million for their flood-hit patriots.

The Vietnamese in Khammuon province have donated VND70 million to help flood victims in the central region.

The Vietnamese Embassy in South Africa has donated 5,000 Rand (roughly US$700) for flood victims in Quang Binh province.


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