HA NOI – The Committee on Flood Prevention People's Army's Military Zone 5 and Quang Nam Province have ordered Hydropower Plant Managing Board No 3 to urgently develop a flood control plan for the Tranh River Hydroelectric Plant.
Military and provincial officials toured the facility on Monday, following recent incidents of leaks from the facility's dam, raising doubts about its integrity.
Tran Anh Tuan, vice chairman of Quang Nam's Bac Tra My District, where the dam is located, was concerned for public safety as there were no flood prevention plans in effect for the enormous facility.
Maj Gen Nguyen Quy Nhon also emphasised that the plan must prioritise public safety and said it was necessary to develop a detailed plan in close co-operation with the local people, providing them updated information on how to deal with severe climate change.
The plan, which needed to clearly define responsibilities on all sides, should be in place for the start of the rainy season in April, said the director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Thanh Quang.
"They must confirm the safety of people in the downstream area or we cannot stop feeling concern for our lives," Quang said. "They hold more inspection tours and public meetings to give us good reason to believe [that the facility is safe], but it will be hard to feel safe with the rainy season coming."
The National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control and Prevention has already worked with Hydropower Plant Managing Board No 3, Military Zone 5, and Quang Nam Province on disaster preparedness and search-and-rescue plans.
According to the latest statement from Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN), there were still leaks in the dam's expansion joints.
EVN also said that it has taken comments from functional offices and experts and directed the hydroelectric facility's mananging board, construction team and designers to reinpsect the facility and report fully to local authorities in order to reassure the public. EVN said about 80 per cent of the leaks had been repaired, but a significant amount of water continued to leak from the dam.
Military Zone No 5 and Quang Nam authorities have called for independent construction inspectors to examine the dam in order to ensure transparency. – VNS