Floods kill 24, $37.2 million losses in central Vietnam - News on 20 December 2016

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Floods kill 24, cause $37.2 million losses in central Vietnam

Recent floods have left 24 dead, 16 injures and losses of VND783 billion (USD37.2 million) in the central and Central Highlands regions according to the Department of Disaster Prevention in the central and Central Highlands regions.

According to a report released Monday by the department, heavy rains which lasted from December 11-16 destroyed and swept away 332 local houses, including 267 houses in Binh Dinh Province. 118 houses were damaged, 117,035 submerged and 5,892 households evacuated to avoid the floods.

Floods have so far damaged 19,128 hectares of rice and 9,806 hectares of other crops. 3,778 hectares of perennial trees were also damaged. Roads, drains and dykes were also damaged by heavy rains. Localities in the region estimate VND783 billion in damage caused by the floods. Among those, Ninh Thuan Province posted losses of VND300 billion, followed by Khanh Hoa Province with 235 billion, Thua Thien-Hue VND81 billion, Phu Yen with 74 billion and Gia Lai with VND73 billion. …

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HCM City proposes new multilevel parking garages

The HCM City Department of Transport has asked the central government for permission to choose investors to build six multilevel parking garages under the Private-Public Partnership (PPP) mode.

After the department conducts research and discusses the project with the selected investors, construction on the garages will begin next year. The garages will be located at 23 Tháng 9 Park in District 1; Lý Thường Kiệt apartment building in District 10; Gia Định Park in Phú Nhuận District; Chợ Lớn coach station in District 6; a coach station in District 8; and Tân Phú coach station in that district. In the short term, the department also plans to work with other agencies and investors to build "smart" parking lots of 10 to 20 spaces each in the downtown area. These lots would help prevent illegal parking of cars along city streets. - VNS …

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Nine killed as lorry ploughs into Berlin Xmas market

Truck crashes into crowd in a Christmas market in Berlin. A lorry ploughed into a busy Christmas market in Berlin on Monday, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens more in what police said was a suspected terror attack.

Ambulances and heavily armed police rushed to the area after the vehicle mounted the pavement of the market in a square popular with tourists, in horrific scenes reminiscent of July’s deadly truck attack in the French Riviera city of Nice. "I don’t want to use the word ’attack’ yet, although there are many things pointing to one," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told public television.

As witnesses described scenes of panic and carnage, police said at least nine people were killed and 45 others were injured - four of them seriously - in the incident which comes less than a week before Christmas. Australian Trisha O’Neill told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was only metres …

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Dak Nong province upgrades rural power network

In the 2011-2015, the Dak Nong provincial Power Company invested some VND400 billion to construct and upgrade the power system in remote areas. In particular, in 2016 alone, over VND160 billion was invested to provide power, double the planned amount.

At present, 96% of families, 99% of villages and 100% of communes in Dak Nong province have access to the national grid. Together with VND700 billion from Government investment for rural, mountainous and island areas between 2013 and 2020, in the 2016-2020 period, the power sector is expected to invest VND650 billion to expand the power network across the province, in an attempt to increase the number of people having power access to 99% by 2020.

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Did that really happen? Vietnam’s most bizarre stories in 2016

Just when you thought you'd read it all, stories of a pregnant man, a mermaid and a lake of condoms took 'odd' to a new level.

Used condoms, tampons wash up in Hanoi lake Benjamin James Park, a 34-year-old Australian who has been living in Vietnam for nine years, became a Facebook star in November after sharing photos of used condoms and tampons floating among other kinds of trash on the city's Linh Dam Lake. “It gave me the shivers,” he said. We feel you, Ben.

Southern hospital misdiagnoses male patient as pregnant A hospital in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang somehow diagnosed a 60-year-old male patient as “pregnant” in July. The man went to the hospital with hand tremors. Doctors then ordered a blood test, and the result released to the patient was almost shocking: “Your pregnancy is normal.” The hospital then apologized, blaming their mistake on a computer glitch. Too bad -- this could have been a medical miracle. Men disguised …

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Russian ambassador shot dead in Ankara gallery

The gunman shouted 'Don't forget Aleppo' and 'Allahu Akbar' as he opened fire. The Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday by an off-duty police officer who shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire.

President Tayyip Erdogan, in a video message to the nation, cast the attack as an attempt to undermine NATO-member Turkey's relations with Russia - ties long tested by the war in Syria. He said he had agreed in a telephone call with Russia's Vladimir Putin to step up cooperation in fighting terrorism.

At a special meeting at the Kremlin, President Putin ordered increased security at all Russian missions and said "the bandits" who committed the act would feel retribution. "We must know who directed the killer's hand." The assassination of an ambassador, not least of a major power such as Russia, marks a dangerous escalation of tension in the region and beyond. Security sources said he …

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