HA NOI – Reducing the water level in the Nhue River will minimise the risks of the capital flooding this year, the municipal Committee for Floods and Storms Prevention said.
The narrow 76km long river crosses Ha Noi from Tu Liem District to neighbouring Ha Nam Province.
Meteorologists said they expected two or three tropical storms to hit Ha Noi this year.
They also predicted that there would be between eight and ten heavy rainy spells accompanied by whirlwinds in Ha Noi, mostly in late July and August.
The capital has nearly 4,600 canals and about 430 pumping stations, but the irrigation works are old and incapable of dealing with the runoff caused by the city's fast urbanisation, the Committee for Floods and Storms Prevention said.
Ha Noi has six major waterways, the Hong (Red), Duong, To Lich, Nhue, Kim Nguu and Ca Lo rivers. – VNS