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Vietnam: ASEAN Prioritizes Disaster Management, Emergency Response


Hanoi: Disaster management and emergency response are among top priorities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s members and partners. The statement was made by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the opening ceremony of the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-2) to the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) in capital Hanoi on May 30 Thursday. In recent years, natural disasters occurred more frequently and unexpectedly with stronger scale and density, especially sea level rise and saline intrusion, Dung said. The signing of the AADMER has
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Vietnam: Rescue Station to Assist Fishermen Set up on Ly Son Island


A rescue station to assist fishermen was inaugurated on Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai on June 1. The structure took 5 months to construct at a cost of VND70 billion (US$3.34 million), mainly from Government budget. The Ministry of National Defense will provide the rescue station with a 450 ton well equipped search vessel. Doctors and medical workers will be present at all times to rescue fishermen in cases of emergency, especially during the storm season. This is the first rescue station to be established in Quang Ngai Province and the central region.
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Vietnam: Binh Dinh Holds Large Drill to Cope with Tsunami


About 3,700 people took part in a large maneuver of responses to tsunami and related search and rescue at sea conducted in My An Commune, Phu My District, central Binh Dinh province on August 6 Tuesday. The drill was based on a scenario in which the province must cope with a tsunami caused by a powerful earthquake in the Philippines.  According to the scenario, at 7:35 am on August 6, Binh Dinh authorities received a report that an earthquake of 8.8 degrees on the Richter scale occurred undersea southwest of the Philippines’ Luzon Island. Search and rescue forces mobilized all possible facilities to search and save victims of the
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Vietnam: Helicopters and 2,000 Participate in Earthquake Response Exercise


Quang Nam: Nearly 2,000 people from army corps, state agencies, organizations and people from all social strata participated in a large-scale earthquake response exercise on August 27 in the central province of Quang Nam.The exercise took place on the morning of August 27, held by the Military Zone 5 High Command and the Quang Nam Provincial People’s Committee in Bac Tra My district of Quang Nam Province. This was the largest exercise so far with the participation of nearly 2,000 people. The situation assumed in this exercise is at 6:30 am on August 28, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale occurred in Bac Tra My d
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Vietnam: Dong Nai Hospital to Use Helicopters for Emergencies


Dong Nai General Hospital in southern Dong Nai Province, currently under construction, will use helicopters to transport patients in emergencies under approval by the Government, the hospital’s leader said. Accordingly, the hospital will launch emergency services using helicopters in 2015, when the hospital begins operation, said Dr. Phan Huy Anh Vu, the hospital’s director. The new service will be intended for critical cases, in which the hospital will use planes to bring patients to the hospital or transport patients from the hospital to other hospitals in Vietnam or abroad at the request of patients or their relatives.
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