|Authorities in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai are working to finish the evacuation of the remaining 140 local households residing in and around areas vulnerable to floods and landslides as the rainy season begins.— Photo thoibaotaichinhvietnam
LAO CAI (VNS) — Authorities in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai are working to finish the evacuation of the remaining 140 local households residing in and around areas vulnerable to floods and landslides as the rainy season begins.
The districts of Bac Ha, Bat Xat, Bao Yen and Sa Pa have the highest numbers of households yet to be moved to safe places.
Deputy Head of the provincial Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control, Nguyen Anh Tuan, said the province had so far fulfilled only 57 per cent of its evacuation plan, while the disbursement for building resettlement facilities was slow, reaching only about 50 per cent of the target.
Under the plan, the province aimed to relocate 343 households with around 2,000 people from high-risk areas before June 30 this year when the rainy season began, he said.
However, difficulties had hindered the operation.
"Some households do not want to move to new resettlement areas because they do not want to leave their agricultural land.
However, we need to find ways to force them to move for their own safety when the rainy season starts," he said.
"Infrastructure in some resettlement areas is also incomplete due to lack of funding," he added.
The plan will be implemented at an estimated cost of nearly VND7 billion (US$333,000). However, provincial authorities have earmarked just VND3 billion from the provincial budget.
The northwestern region has entered the rainy season, causing concern for local households in high-risk areas.
The provincial People's Committee has asked district-level authorities to hasten the evacuation to ensure public safety.
Lao Cai is one of the provinces hardest hit by natural disasters during the rainy season. In 2008, a village in the province was swept away by landslides.
Typhoon Rammasun, which hit northern provinces recently, killed five people and caused estimated losses of VND164 billion ($7.8 million) in Lao Cai. — VNS