Businesses in the north-central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh have suffered enormous losses after a four-day blackout brought about by Storm Doksuri caused their frozen fish to spoil.
Over 100 metric tons of frozen fish owned by companies in Cam Nhuong Commune, Cam Xuyen District, have been destroyed following the power cut, said Nguyen Van Hung, vice-chairman of the Cam Nhuong People’s Committee.
The financial loss is estimated at between VND5 billion (US$219,897) and VND7 billion ($307,856), Hung added.
All of the spoiled fish was gathered in one location to be disposed of.
|Countless bags of spoiled fish are disposed of.|
The products included recent catches and those that remained following last year’s environmental disaster, pending compensation.
According to vice-chairman Hung, the blackout began on the night of September 14 and continued until the end of September 18.
Four days without electricity accompanied by an inundation caused by the storm resulted in the loss, the official elaborated.
“Electric generators could not provide the required power for the freezers to work either,” he added.
|Unusable fish are kept inside thick plastic bags.|
Typhoon Doksuri, which was considered the strongest to hit Vietnam in the past decade, made landfall in the north-central region on Friday last week, packing winds of 103 to 133km an hour and squalls of up to 183km per hour.
Nine people were killed and four others went missing during the storm.
Ha Tinh Province suffered damages worth over VND6 trillion ($263.8 million).
In Cam Nhuong Commune, 52 houses were devastated, of which 10 were completely destroyed.
|A resident displays two fish that await disposal.|
|A crane is used to pick up the bags of spoiled fish.|
|Fish are buried in a large hole.|
|Chemicals are used to eliminate the unpleasant smell.|
|Houses are damaged after the storm in the coastal Cam Nhuong Commune.|
|Some houses are completely knocked down.|
|A representative of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper offers support for a family in Cam Nhuong Commune.|