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Ha Noi urged to boost flood controls

Update: August, 05/2014 - 09:51
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HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi Water Resources Management Department and irrigation work operators must prepare plans to deal with flooding during the rainy season, said vice chairman of the municipal People's Committee, Tran Xuan Viet.

Viet asked them to take drastic measures to minimise flooding on agricultural land.

The water resources department and irrigation operators, including companies and reservoir owners, must examine their infrastructure and take measures to ensure their safe operation during the rainy season.

At present, irrigation operators manage 519 pumping stations along nearly 3,500km of channels throughout the city.

They also control 11,325 sewerages and 18 agricultural reservoirs that help control floods or save water for drought.

However, many pumping stations are degraded and 40 per cent of irrigation works are 40 years old and said to be outdated.

Viet said that in addition to the weather, the situation was made worse by both irrigation work operators and others who discharged solid waste into the channels.

In the first six months of this year, the water resources department and irrigation operators ensured water supplies and irrigation for more than 126,000 ha of cultivated land, including more than 100,000 ha of rice.

When Storm Ramnasun hit last month, it brought heavy rain and increased city river levels. However, more than 99.6ha of newly-transplanted rice was saved from flooding.

Vice chairman Viet asked local authorities, particularly those in flood-prone districts like Ung Hoa, Thach That and Thanh Oai, to co-operate with irrigation operators closely in monitoring and protecting irrigation works. — VNS

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