7 Nov 2017 11:09

Rospotrebnadzor ready to help typhoon-stricken Vietnam

MOSCOW. Nov 7 (Interfax) - Russian public health specialists are ready to help their Vietnamese counterparts deal with the aftermath of a powerful typhoon that caused floods in urban areas and claimed dozens of lives, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) and chief public health official, Anna Popova, said.

"Hopefully, we will have a chance to speak with our colleagues from Vietnam today, considering the flood problem. We are ready to give any assistance they may require from us," Popova said at a meeting of healthcare chiefs from the East Asia Summit's participating states in Moscow on Tuesday.

Typhoon Damrey hammered the central and southern provinces of Vietnam on Saturday, killing over 60 people. It also caused major floods in a number of towns.

An ASEAN summit is scheduled to take place in Da Nang, Vietnam, on November 10-11.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and U.S. President Donald Trump, who has expressed his wish to meet with the Russian leader on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit, are due to attend the event.