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Helicopers send daily necessities for 3,000 residents in cut-off areas

November 01, 2020 | 13:49

Helicopters are set to be dispatched to drop food and daily necessities to around 3,000 local residents left cut off by heavy flood and landslides in recent weeks, in Phuoc Thanh and Phuoc Loc communes.

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Air transport is considered the quickest and most effective way to deliver supplies to thousands of people in distress in the two communes cut off by floodwaters and landslides. (Photo: VOV)
Air transport is considered the quickest and most effective way to deliver supplies to thousands of people in distress in the two communes cut off by floodwaters and landslides. (Photo: VOV)

The decision was made during a meeting of the Quang Nam provincial Military Command on October 31 to discuss methods in which to supply food to needy people in isolated areas.

Air transport represents both the quickest and most effective way in which to deliver daily necessities to the needy, according to Colonel Nguyen Viet Hung of Air Force Division 372. He said supplies are ready for pickup at Da Nang airport, and helicopters are set to take off as soon as the weather conditions allow.

According to Colonel Hung, it will take more than an hour in which to conduct a journey, and there is no limit on the number of flights which can be taken between 07:00 a.m. and 17:00 p.m. daily. To get necessary items to those in need, each flight will carry over one tonne of supplies for local people.

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The High Command of Military Region No5 discuss ways to deliver supplies to people in distress in isolated areas (Photo: VOV)

Furthermore, authorities are considering land transport as another means of delivering supplies to residents in distress. This will see goods transported to areas which border the isolated communes, from there, rescue forces will use pulleys in order to bring goods to the top of the hill where militiamen from the two communes will then receive the items and transport them back to the villages.

Due to the period of heavy rain and series of deadly landslides, militiamen and local people who are accustomed to local topography will be mobilised as opposed to soldiers to transport supplies to the assembly point, authorities agreed.

At present, 50 tonnes of rice has already been transported to the assembly point, with a further 50 tonnes due to arrive by late October 31. Local authorities have prepared daily necessities for the supply operation which is scheduled to start on November 1, according to VOV.

Quang Nam is one of the hardest-hit provinces in Central Vietnam by the flood considered strongest in Vietnam in the past decades. As of Saturday, at least 230 lives have been claimed. Besides human casualties, Molave has also damaged around 92,000 houses, 88,000 of which are in Quang Nam. A total 5,000 houses have completely collapsed, while over 600 schools and hospitals were damaged.
Military personnel resuing soilders at landslides scene in Tra Leng, Quang Nam province on October 30 (Photo: VNE)
Military personnel resuing soldiers at landslides scene in Tra Leng, Quang Nam province on October 30 (Photo: VNE)
Helicopers send daily necessities for 3,000 residents in cut-off areas
(Photo: VNE)
Helicopers send daily necessities for 3,000 residents in cut-off areas
(Photo: VNE)
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Long line of military personnel and locals join the search for buried victims (Photo: VNE)
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