QUANG NINH (VNS)— Forecasts of more heavy rain until Tuesday in northeastern provinces have authorities working hard to institute more measures to ensure residents' safety in the event of landslides and flooding.
|Residents of Cat Ba District in Hai Phong move furniture from their flooded houses. — VNA/VNS Photo Lam Khanh
At a meeting held yesterday, Chairman of the Quang Ninh People's Committee Nguyen Duc Long asked districts in the province to assign people to be on duty and stay in contact 24/7 from now until next Tuesday to cope with landslides and floods.
He especially warned mountainous districts to be vigilant for heavy rains and flash floods.
The Quang Ninh Weather Forecast Bureau said that from now until next Tuesday, Quang Ninh would have rain spells that increased the risk of landslides and floods.
Bao Anh, deputy director of the Dong Bac Company under the Ministry of Defence, said that the flood had forced coal mines in the province to halt operations. Anh said that it would likely take one to three months to fix the damage.
As of yesterday, water in Ban Sen Commune in Van Don District had fallen, but in the low-lying area where there are 27 households, it is still 6 metres in depth. District authorities are continuing to supply them with food and clean water.
Chairman Long asked the district to make plans for new residential quarters for local residents and said the water system must be repaired no later than next Wednesday.
The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control said yesterday that, so far, 17 people had died and eight were injured in Quang Ninh Province.
Nearly 4,000 houses were submerged and collapsed, while thousands of hectares of rice and farm produce were destroyed.
The total loss is estimated at VND1.5 trillion (US$68.8 million).
In the northeastern province of Tuyen Quang, authorities have asked its districts to monitor the flood and give timely warnings to local residents, especially those living near rivers, streams, dams and mountains.
Districts must make plans evacuating areas at high risk of flash floods and landslides, specifying that workers should be posted at wharfs, flooded roads and smaller stream and river crossings to assist local residents.
In Lao Cai Province, the chairman of the People's Committee sent a more urgent message directing authorities in cities and districts in high risk areas to quickly move all local residents to safe places. Nearly 200 households in 75 communes are in danger areas and need relocating now.
To reduce damage to property, the chairman today asked other local residents to try to harvest crops quickly to minimise losses.
In addition, the chairman also requested disaster prevention boards, search and rescue teams, soldiers and police to prepare for emergencies and to co-ordinate with local forces.
He also asked transport and construction departments to check up on and remind units at construction sites along rivers and streams to relocate their camps to safe places. He asked for their assistance in ensuring smooth traffic on the main routes.
During the Government's monthly meeting yesterday, the cabinet members pointed out emerging challenges in need of urgent attention.
They expressed concerns over the difficulties facing the agriculture and aquaculture sectors as a result of natural disasters such as droughts and flooding, as well as obstacles facing certain enterprises and people living in mountainous and underprivileged areas that are highly vulnerable to natural disasters. — VNS