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Ha Noi sets up early warning for flooding

Update: December, 01/2015 - 09:05
Heavy rainfall causes flood in Giang Van Minh Street, Ha Noi. The National Hydro-Meteorological Service (NHMS) has established an early warning system for urban floods in the city. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS) — The National Hydro-Meteorological Service (NHMS) has established an early warning system for urban floods in Ha Noi, the NHMS reported during a conference yesterday.

The system provides the capital city, which has suffered heavy losses in recent years because of urban floods, with a comprehensive package including monitoring stations, water forecasts and warning systems in real time. It also sets up training for Vietnamese technicians who would be responsible for operating the forecasting network.

Deputy Director General of the NHMS Tran Hong Thai said the project focused on improving the national service's capacity to produce early warnings for natural disasters, which in turn aims to reduce and minimise the amount of damage caused by urban floods.

NMHS's Application Centre of Technology Nguyen Kien Dung said the project had finished building a land and water survey report for eight urban districts, high-resolution risk maps for urban flooding and a system of five automatic water monitoring stations on the Kim Nguu River in the capital.

Statistics collected from the monitoring stations will be shared among northern hydro-meteorological centres in order to be processed and produce more accurate early warnings for urban flooding, Dung said.

Participants at the conference also discussed numerous issues related to urban flooding, shared experiences in combating its negative effects and solutions for potential flood emergencies.

The result of the project, a collaborative project between the NHMS and the Danish Hydraulic Institute, will be introduced to the public in major cities. — VNS

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