|Hoc Mit reservoir in the central province of Quang Ngai.— Photo nld
HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung directed localities and agencies yesterday to boost management ensuring the safety of reservoirs across the country.
At present, there are nearly 7,000 reservoirs, many of which belong to hydropower plants. However, most of them, especially those located at small and mid-sized hydropower plants, were built 30-40 years ago and are vulnerable to degradation.
So the Prime Minister asked the ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources and Environment, Sciences and Technology and local authorities to improve the quality of planning and developing reservoirs and decentralise and clarify the responsibilities of relevant parties for investing, constructing and managing the works.
The Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control asked reservoir operators in several provinces (Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh. Gia Lai and Kon Tum) to closely follow the development of storm Nari, which hit central provinces early this morning.
The operators and local authorities were asked to take drastic measures, including releasing water at the reservoirs and quickly informing people and authorities to avoid losses caused by flood.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting, Nari – the eleventh storm to hit Viet Nam this year – made landfall in the Central region early this morning.
At 8am, the strongest wind at the storm's eye reached level eight (62-74 kilometres). Heavy rain is battering provinces from Thanh Hoa to Quang Ngai and north of the Central Highlands region.
The centre also warned about rising sea levels, high tides of two to three metres and waves reaching 5-8 metres.
The storm is expected to lose strength and become low pressure tomorrow.—VNS