OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

The President of Cuba, Raúl Castro, expressed heartfelt condolences to Vietnam following the deaths, which now number 17, and the material damages suffered after heavy rains in the northern province of Quanh Ninh, Prensa Latina reported.
On behalf of the Cuban government and people, I extend condolences to the families of the victims and survivors, read the message sent to Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Republic Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

On Tuesday, Tan Sang toured affected areas of the coastal territory, where he assessed the damage caused by 10 days of torrential rains and flooding, the likes of which have not been seen for 40 years, and issued instructions for the recovery effort.

The unusual phenomenon impacted coal mines, one of the main resources of the country, forcing some 30,000 workers, about 60 percent of the workforce in the sector, to stop work.

In this province alone, 339 homes were destroyed and another 9,000 remain underwater, while 4,000 hectares of crops and 1,200 of aquaculture were ruined.

The same occurred across seven kilometers of the road system, and according to preliminary estimates the total material losses amount to almost $124 million dollars. Heavy rains continue to batter the coast of Quang Ninh, with records of 100 millimeters falling in Haiphon and some other districts, while authorities are evacuating residents at risk to protected shelters.

Experts have warned of the danger of landslides and flash floods in nine northern provinces, which together have seen a total of 25 dead, 3,500 homes damaged, 8,800 hectares of rice fields and 10,900 meters of canals ruined.