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Lao Cai urgently evacuates residents from danger zones

Update: July, 31/2015 - 17:35
A landslide occurred in Lao Cai Province due to heavy rainfall. — Photo

LAO CAI (VNS) — The chairman of the People's Committee of this northern province has directed authorities in its cities and districts at risk of flash floods and landslides to immediately evacuate all residents.

Nearly 200 households in 75 communes located in the danger zone of potential disasters need to be relocated.

To restrict the damage to people and property, the chairman today asked the disaster prevention board in various localities to closely monitor weather changes and immediately move people out of the danger zones, especially in areas near rivers and streams.

In addition, local residents have been advised to quickly harvest their crops to minimise losses due to natural disasters.

To ensure the people's safety, the local authorities also need to direct forces that will guide people away from dangerous areas such as flooded roads and roads cutting across streams and wharfs.

Irrigation systems have also been strengthened.

In addition, the chairman requested the board on disaster prevention and search and rescue teams, including soldiers and police, to prepare for emergencies and co-ordinate with local forces to evacuate local residents, implement measures to prevent flooding and initiate rescue efforts, if necessary.

He also asked transport and construction departments to check on units under construction along rivers and streams to remind them to relocate their camps to safer places and to adopt plans to ensure smooth traffic on the main escape routes, in addition to preparing vehicles and facilities to cope with the storms. — VNS

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