Natural disasters kill 218, cost VN $860m

Natural disasters have killed 218 people and caused a total loss of VNĐ20 trillion (US$860 million) to the country this year.

Although the number of fatalities and damage was much lower than both in 2016 and 2017, natural disasters have still caused serious destruction to the country this year.

At the meeting to summarize the achievements and failures of natural-disaster management this year as well as setting tasks for next year, deputy head of the committee’s Việt Nam Disaster Management Authority, Nguyễn Trường Sơn, said 13 typhoons, 14 flash floods, four extreme cold spells, 11 heat waves and 30 torrential rain storms along with a series of high tides in southern provinces had been recorded this year.

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