Hòa Bình Reservoir opens its floodgate

Update: August, 11/2017 - 19:00
Water discharged at the Hòa Bình Reservoir. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Hà
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A floodgate of Hòa Bình Reservoir belonging to the Hòa Bình Hydro-power Company was opened at 12pm on Friday in the northern province of Hòa Bình to bring down its water level.

The reservoir’s water levels had been rising rapidly due to the recent floods and at 7pm on Thursday, it had reportedly reached 113.25 metres.

The move came after an order from the National Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control on Thursday to the company asking the plant to release the water to ensure the safety of the reservoir.

The centre said the company was allowed to open more floodgates depending on the situation.

The company was also tasked to closely monitor developments of the reservoir’s water levels and promptly send reports to the centre and other relevant agencies.

This is the fourth time during this rainy season the reservoir has had to discharge its waters.

Previously, the reservoir floodgates had been opened on July 18, 19 and 22.

To ensure safety when the floodgates were opened, the national steering committee had asked the relevant localities to inform their residents about the schedule and instruct them to deal with the flooding that would occur.

The Việt Nam Television, the Voice of Việt Nam and the Vietnam News Agency were told to broadcast the schedule constantly to keep the residents informed, the centre said.

In a related movement, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warned that torrential rains and floods might continue to hit the northern region in the near future. — VNS