Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Two persons died while preparing for storm Nakri and one went missing due to the storm as of 17:00 on November 12, according to the office of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.Khanh Hoa provinces. It triggered heavy rains and caused widespread blackouts. A total of 30 houses were damaged by the storm, while over 400 houses were flooded. More than 1,000 ha of rice and food crops and over 5,000m of canals were damaged by flooding. Phu Yen province, while roads blocked by landslides (107 sites) have been re-opened to traffic. VNA … [Read more...] about Two die, one go missing due to storm Nakri
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The project is expected to unlock new market opportunities and increase income for the smallholder farmers, thus contributing to better food security, the IFC announced during an event to launch the project in Vietnam on June 22. The project, Farmer Advisory Component, is a component of IFC’s broader Vietnam Food Safety Programme, which was launched in July 2017 in partnership with the Slovak Republic, aiming to address food safety standards and practices in the country. The annual food consumption in the domestic market accounts for roughly 15 percent of Vietnam’s GDP, with an average annual growth rate of approximately 18 percent. But, inadequate safety standards can inhibit the sector’s growth potential, jeopardising consumer health and reducing market opportunities for local food producers in the modern food value chain. “Implementing internationally accepted food safety practices and systems is essential for the sustainable growth of … [Read more...] about Smallholder farmers to get support to improve food safety
A woman in Vietnam’s Central Highlands has died after catching influenza A (H1N1), also known as swine flu, prompting local authorities to put more than 40 people in quarantine to prevent an outbreak. The patient was identified as Nguyen Thi Thom, 37, a resident in Kon Tum Province, online newspaper VnExpress quoted Nguyen Loc Vuong, director of the provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying on Monday. Thom had had symptoms including a mild fever, fatigue, and eating disoders for about half a month before she was admitted to the Kon Tum Province General Hospital on November 3. The patient tested positive for influenza A (H1N1). She passed away at the infirmary five days later on November 8. Competent authorities have taken measures to prevent a potential outbreak, including quarantining a total of 44 people who had recently been in contact with the patient and are at risk of being exposed to the flu. They were also given antiviral drugs. One of them has … [Read more...] about Dozens quarantined after woman dies of swine flu in Vietnam
Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Phuong Nam (R) and deputy head of the National Immigration Administration of China Zhao Changhua (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army Sen. Lieut. Gen Nguyen Phuong Nam hosted a reception in Hanoi on November 12 for a delegation from the National Immigration Administration of China led by its deputy head Zhao Changhua. Nam hailed defence ties as one of the important pillars in the bilateral comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, evidenced by the Vietnam visit by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe in May 2019 and Vietnamese Minister of National Defence Gen. Ngo Xuan Lich’s attendance at the Beijing Xiangshan Forum in late October 2019. A highlight of bilateral defence relations was the successful organisation of five editions of border defence friendship exchanges, and the sixth of its kind is scheduled for early 2020, contributing to raising mutual understanding, … [Read more...] about Chinese immigration officials welcomed in Hanoi
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?