Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 06:41:40 +0100

Hanoi, Dec 13, 2018 (AFP) - Floods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said Thursday, as farmers scrambled to save crops and livestock ahead of more bad weather forecast for this week.   Torrential rains have lashed six provinces in the centre of the country since Saturday, killing thousands of cows and chickens and flooding several cities -- including the coastal resort town of Danang.    More than 50 centimetres (20 inches) of rain hit some areas, with more downpours expected in the coming days, the disaster management office said Thursday.   "Thirteen people were killed, while one remains missing in Quang Ngai province," the office said.    Around 12,000 hectares of crops were destroyed, and some 160,000 livestock killed, it added.

One farmer in Quang Nam province said he lost all his chickens in the flooding, costing him tens of thousands of dollars.       "The water receded but thousands of our chickens were dead. We had to collect them for burial as the smell was so bad," Nguyen Thanh said, quoted by state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper.    Several areas in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces were still inundated on Thursday after hydropower plants discharged reservoir waters.    Vietnam is frequently hit by heavy downpours during the typhoon season from May to October, but forecasters said the rains arrived late this year.     More than 200 people have been killed in weather-related disasters in 2018, down from 389 last year.
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:36:52 +0100

Hanoi, Nov 18, 2018 (AFP) - Flash floods and landslides killed at least 12 people in central Vietnam, officials said Sunday, as hundreds of troops were dispatched to clean up destroyed villages and washed out roads.     Heavy rains pounded the central Khanh Hoa province over the past few days as tropical depression Toraji blew in from the South China Sea, triggering landslides that wiped out houses and destroyed a small reservoir.

At least a dozen people have been killed so far while a search was ongoing for several others, an official from the provincial disaster office told AFP, refusing to be named.    "We have mobilised hundreds of army troops to help people restore lives and clean up damaged roads," he said.    The main highway linking north and south Vietnam was temporarily blocked and some railway routes were interrupted, while images on state media showed destroyed houses buried under debris and vehicles submerged in floods.

Panicked residents told of running from their homes as landslides rumbled down nearby mountains.   "We ran away after hearing the huge sound of fallen rocks... When we returned a few hours later, all our houses were destroyed," said Nha Trang city resident Liem, quoted by Khanh Hoa province's official online news site.   Khanh Hoa -- home to the popular coastal resort city of Nha Trang - was ravaged by typhoon Damrey last year, which killed 27 people.

Vietnam is routinely hit by heavy rains during typhoon season from May to October.   At least 185 people have been killed in natural disasters across Vietnam since January.   Last year, 389 people were reported dead in natural disasters, causing damage worth $2.6 billion, according to official figures.
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:02:37 +0100

Hanoi, Nov 13, 2018 (AFP) - Vietnam's newest carrier Bamboo Airways has been granted a licence to fly, officials and the airline said, paving the way for its inaugural flight in a region crowded with competitors.    Run by one of the country's richest men, Bamboo will compete with well-established heavy hitters such as national carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget carrier Vietjet to serve a mushrooming middle class with growing appetites, and budgets, for travel.    Vietnam's Transport Ministry said Bamboo's official aviation license had been approved and that it would aim to operate 100 routes, including to lesser-travelled destinations in Vietnam and elsewhere in Asia, with plans to eventually fly to North America.   "The first domestic flights... are aimed at reducing pressure on aviation infrastructure in major cities, strengthening regional links (and) promoting tourism to Vietnam," the Transport Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.

The airline is owned by Trinh Van Quyet, who heads the FLC property empire that includes lush beachside resorts, golf clubs and luxury condos across Vietnam, a country still under one-party communist rule.   Bamboo has already signed up to buy 20 of Boeing's 787 Dreamliners worth $5.6 billion and committed a further $3.2 billion to buy 24 Airbus A321neo planes.    The airline said its inaugural flight, originally scheduled for last month, should take place before the end of the year.    "We have conducted a flight test, the results show that the aircraft fully meets technical specifications (and is) ready to go into operation," CEO Dang Tat Thang said in a statement.

Bamboo is hoping to steal customers from competitors by luring them to off-the-beaten-path destinations in Vietnam such as Quy Nhon and Thanh Hoa and by offering bundled travel packages to FLC resorts.   But analysts say the outdated model may not work in an era where most travellers can easily tailor holidays online, and wonder whether Bamboo's big bet will pay off in Southeast Asia's busy aviation market.    Quyet told AFP in an interview earlier this year that he is certain the airline "will be huge" and expects to make a profit soon after launch.   Born to a poor rural family near Hanoi where life among bamboo trees inspired the airline's name, he now runs FLC Group with a market capitalisation of around $200 million.

Vietnam's aviation sector has soared in recent years, with passenger numbers jumping to 62 million last year from 25 million in 2012.   There are already six commercial aviation licenses granted in Vietnam, including for a chartered helicopter service and a seaplane carrier.   Faced with increasingly squeezed airport capacity and tough competition across the region, in particular from budget airlines like AirAsia and TigerAir, the market has shown signs of cooling.    In 2009, Vietnam's first operational private airline Indochina Airlines ceased operation after just one year in the market due to financial troubles.
Date: Sun 14 Oct 2018
Source: OutbreakNewsToday [summ., edited]

In recent years, the prevention of rabies in Viet Nam has been promoted and has achieved certain results. However, rabies has always been one of the infectious diseases with the highest number of deaths.

Year-to-date [14 Oct 2018], human rabies deaths in Viet Nam total 67. This compares to 78 in all of 2015, 91 in 2016, and 74 last year [2017].
Date: 17 Oct 2018
Source: [edited]

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long has voiced concern over the complicated development of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) in the coming days if preventive measures are not effectively adopted. To date [17 Oct 2018], all provinces and cities across the country have reported multiple cases of this infectious disease, Lao Dong newspaper reported.

The Ministry of Health asked local authorities to provide guidance, organize campaigns aimed at fighting the spread of the disease and encourage local residents to join efforts to manage the disease. Besides this, healthcare agencies must actively follow up on the disease's development and map out solutions to quickly detect and address infectious cases.

Data from the General Department of Preventive Medicine, under the ministry, show that the country reported 53 529 infected people as of September 2018, down 25.3% year-on-year. Of these cases, more than 25 800 were admitted to hospitals, down some 20% versus the year-ago period, and 6 people died of the disease in 5 provinces and cities in the south.

However, HCMC, Hanoi, Long An, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Danang and Quang Ngai have seen a surging number of HFMD patients in recent weeks.

In HCMC, nearly 400 infected people were admitted to hospitals between 28 Sep and 4 Oct 2018, raising the total number of HFMD inpatients in the city to more than 4000 cases in the January to September [2018] period, according to the municipal Preventive Medicine Center.

Meanwhile, Pediatrics Hospital in Can Tho City has admitted nearly 500 infected children during the first 2 weeks of October [2018], doubling the figure of the year-ago period.

Notably, in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, the Kindergarten May 1, which is in Ia Yok Commune, Ia Grai District, had to shut down temporarily to prevent the disease from spreading after as many as 27 children were infected. According to the Ia Grai Health Division, the number of HFMD patients is rapidly increasing, amounting to 40 cases at the start of this month [October 2018], mainly found in the Ia Yok Commune.

Apart from that, Quang Ngai Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital in the central region is heavily overloaded because of HFMD. Statistics from the provincial Center for Disease Control revealed that more than 1300 infected cases have been recorded this year [2018], up 2-fold against last year's [2017] figure.

As the number of HFMD patients is escalating across the country, many hospitals are overloaded and working at full capacity to cope with the disease. The health ministry has called on the local people, especially mothers, to actively adopt preventive measures in their daily activities, such as washing their hands with soap, sterilizing home appliances regularly and paying attention to personal and public hygiene.
More ...