|A rehearsal to prevent natural disasters in the northern province of Hoa Binh. The Ministry of Public Security urged localities to be aware about fighting natural disasters. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sinh
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy minister of public security, Lieutenant-General Bui Van Thanh has called for police forces in all localities to prepare for the approaching flood season, which was often filled with natural disasters.
Police must seriously implement four sayings in combating natural disasters, Thanh told an online conference held yesterday in Ha Noi.
The sayings require policemen to take the initiative to prevent disasters, react to them in a timely manner, quickly resolve dangerous situations - and take preventative steps to stop them re-appearing.
The conference, linked up with police in 64 cities and provinces, reviewed the fight against climate change and natural disasters last year and preparations for this year.
The Ministry of Public Security also urged authorities to be aware of functions and duties of police in fighting climate change and natural disasters and in search-and-rescue operations.
Thanh also requested police to prepare forces and equipment to deal with natural disasters - and to increase exercises, training and information awareness for police and the public.
In a report on the fight against climate change and flooding in 2014, the ministry's deputy head of the Logistics – Technical Department and deputy head of the Steering Committee, Lieutenant-General Pham Quang Cu, said the Ministry of Public Security formed task forces that directed police in overcoming the aftermath of floods and storms.
Cu said that more than VND5.4 trillion (US$250 million) from the Fund for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and Poverty Reduction would be used to assist more than 2,100 households hit by natural disasters.
He said that police departments nationwide had sufficient staff and equipment to cope with disasters and serious incidents when they occurred.
"Last year, police evacuated 371 households and more than 60,300 people from vulnerable places," he said.
At the conference , the ministry presented certificates of merit to 21 collectives and two individuals for outstanding activities in 2014. — VNS