Flood in central Vietnam (Source: congan.com.vn)

52,933 houses were submerged, while 24,734 others were seriously damaged. Floods also damaged over 107,500 hectares of rice and food crops and more than 461,000 cattle and poultry were dead or swept away in floodwaters.

At the same time, 12 national highways and 17,409m of local roads were damaged. More than 11,500 households with 35,787 people from Quang Binh to Thua Thien-Hue provinces had to evacuate.

In Ha Tinh province, torrential rains and severe flooding forced more than 200,000 students to stay home. Many schools in the neighbouring Nghe An province also closed from October 19 until the weather condition is safe again.

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung and leaders of relevant ministries and agencies also arrived in Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue to direct the activities.

The landslides early this week killed 13 officials and soldiers at Ranger Station 67, and two construction workers and left 15 others missing at Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant in Thua Thien – Hue province. Moreover, a landslide occurred early October 18 in Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province, which buried 22 officers and soldiers of Defence – Economic Division 337 under Military Region 4, he added.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (Source: VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a dispatch calling for extra efforts to intensify rescue work and settlement of consequences of landslides in the central provinces of Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Tri.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a dispatch calling for extra efforts to intensify rescue work and settlement of consequences of landslides in the central provinces of Thua Thien – Hue and Quang Tri.

PM Phuc extended his deepest condolences to the families of the officials and soldiers sacrificed during their rescue operations, as well as his sympathy to the families of those who are still missing.

Newest carrier Bamboo Airways begins to carry relief goods to flood-hit victims in the central region free-of-charge starting from October 19. Accordingly, aid packages weighing less than 40 kg will be prioritised on flights from Hanoi and HCM City to Vinh (Nghe An province), Dong Hoi (Quang Binh province), Chu Lai (Quang Nam province) and Da Nang city.

Donors can contact Bamboo Airways’ freight transport services at hdqcargo@bambooairways.com or hotline 086 6969068.

No COVID-19 community transmissions in Vietnam for 47th day

Vietnam entered the 47th straight day without any COVID-19 infections in the community, as no new cases were recorded on October 19 morning, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The tally stayed unchanged at 1,134, of whom 1,031 have been treated successfully.

Among patients under treatment, seven tested negative to SARS-CoV-2 once, four twice and 12 thrice. The country currently records no cases in critical conditions. The number of fatalities stands at 35.

As many as 12,379 people nationwide who had close contact with patients or entered from pandemic-hit areas are under quarantine.

The pandemic continues developing complicatedly in many countries. Many organisations forecast the pandemic to prolong until 2021.

Vietnamese exports to India likely to rise by 633 million USD

Vietnamese businesses could increase exports to India by 633 million USD annually, the Standard Chartered Trade Opportunity Report has revealed.

A booth showcasing Vietnamese fruits in India (Source: congthuong.vn)

The study also found that Indian exporters could boost trade with Vietnam by an estimated 475 million USD, bringing the bilateral trade opportunity to 1.1 billion USD.

The ASEAN markets in the study (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) have a combined opportunity of 10.7 billion USD to increase exports to India, reported VNA.

The research tracks high potential exports, defined as goods or services where businesses have added value with the borders of their home market. As markets look to recover from the impact of COVID-19, the study champions global trade as a key lever of prosperity, highlighting the sectors with the greatest opportunities for growth.

Vietnam’s wholesale and retail trade services sector has the most to gain, with an 87 million USD opportunity./.

Compiled by BTA