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Russian tour operators say Vietnamese resorts unaffected by floods

November 11, 2011, 14:58 UTC+3
The torrential rains have largely spared Nha Trang and Phan Thiet, which Russian tourists most typically choose as destinations
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MOSCOW, November 11 (Itar-Tass) — Floods that have affected many areas in Southeast Asia do not pose any danger to the Russians and other holidaymakers at Vietnamese resorts, executives of the Association of Russian Tour Operators /ATOR/ told Itar-Tass Friday.

The torrential rains have largely spared Nha Trang and Phan Thiet, which Russian tourists most typically choose as destinations.

Svetlana Moreva, a spokeswoman for the Neva tour company, said quoting her company’s Vietnamese partners a flood had occurred near the city of Da Nang. “That’s in central Vietnam,” she said. “Russian tourists visit that city, too, but now it’s a low season there.”

Other Russian tour companies have confirmed the information. Executives at the Astravel tour agency said the situation at Nha Trang and Phan Thiet is normal and the airports in those areas service all the flights on time.

“There’re quite a lot of Russian holidaymakers at Vietnamese resorts right now but we don’t have either complaints on their part or the reports on floods from them,” a source at ATOR told Itar-Tass.

A duty diplomat at the Russian embassy in Hanoi confirmed the information on his part, too. “The floods have mostly brought damage to fishermen’s villages along the coast,” he said.

The showers that poured down on the central and southern districts of Vietnam several days ago have triggered the floods of a scale the country has not seen for more than ten years. Local authorities say more than a hundred people, including children, have received injuries.

Some land areas have been inundated in the Mekong River valley and near the city of Da Nang.

Vietnamese mass media say the authorities have had to evacuate some 25,000 people from the flooded places.

 

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