system may be facing catastrophies
HA NOI — Hidden
catastrophes are waiting to strike the city’s dyke system, according to the
Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Relief and Repair.
The committee says the
threat exists despite work on upgrading many of the dykes. It’s these upgraded
dikes, yet to be tested by large storms and floods, the committee concerned.
Committee deputy director
Nguyen Thi Phuc said heavy downpours may cause inundation in a large area in the
city. The problem is forecast to be compounded by high flood water levels on the
Hong, Duong, Cau and Ca Lo rivers, causing a series of breakdowns such as broken
dikes, damaged infrastructure projects and traffic jams.
Changes in water currents
in rivers, along with the illegal dumping of waste and exploitation of sand on
river beds, are also believed to threaten protective river banks.
Poor water discharge
systems have not yet been upgraded. The problem is exacerbated by dilapidated
apartments that could easily collapse during strong storms and floods.
To help city dwellers cope
with the aftermath of natural disasters, the Industry and Trade Department has
been asked to prepare secure food and water supplies for between 50,000 to
100,000 people within a week.
Ambulances, mobile relief
workers and vehicles to transport food and water would also be prepared for
difficulties caused by floods and storms will be provided with money and rice.