Viet Nam News
YÊN BÁI — Nearly 10,900 metres of flood-prevention embankments damaged by the historic floods this month in the mountainous province of Yên Bái need to be repaired, said local authorities.
The damaged embankments are mostly located along streams with nearly 30 landslide areas. Nghĩa Lộ Town has 6,630 metres of damaged embankments, while Văn Chấn District has nearly 3,000 metres and Trạm Tấu District has 950 metres.
The Hà Thị Khuyên family, residing in Phai Lò Village, Hạnh Sơn Commune, Văn Chấn District, is one of the nine households in the village isolated by land erosion. A 200-metre embankment and a concrete road in the village were washed away after the floods.
“We had to move our property and cattle to a safe place and only come back home after the water receded. I hope the State will support us in rebuilding the road or help us move to a new residential area,” Khuyên said.
Phai Lò embankment also suffered damage after the floods in 2016.
In the two major floods in 2016 and 2017, 1.2km of the embankment was damaged. Hundreds of metres of the concrete road running along Thia stream were washed away.
Lò Văn Hó, chairman of Hạnh Sơn Commune’s People’s Committee, said that seven houses in the commune were washed away after the floods. Nearly 4,000sq.m of rice paddy fields, 9ha of corn fields and 1,200 metres of canals were destroyed.
If the infrastructure is not rebuilt, hundreds of households in Hạnh Sơn Commune, Văn Chấn District, and Nghĩa An Commune, Nghĩa Lộ Town, will be prone to risks during floods, he said.
Lò Thị Huân, secretary of Nghĩa Lộ Town’s Party Committee, said, “The devastation caused by the floods this month was substantial. The province is willing to receive a budget to repair the damaged embankments to ensure the safety of locals and agricultural land area along the streams.”
Trần Thế Hùng, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the provincial budget on repairing damaged embankments is limited, proposing that the Ggovernment support the province with funds. — VNS