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Ha Noi to inspect flood prevention preparations

Update: June, 24/2014 - 08:27
Residents reinforce a dyke in Ngoc Thuy Ward, Long Bien District. Ha Noi will step up inspections of flood and storm prevention work as rainy season nears. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Dung

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi will set up 13 teams to inspect storm and flood prevention efforts ahead of this year's storm season, according to an official from the city's Flood Prevention and Control Office.

The groups will examine local dyke systems and irrigation works, said the Office's chief Do Duc Thinh at a press briefing this week.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Tran Xuan Viet said at a recent press briefing that it was essential to have specific plans to help mitigate the consequences of disasters brought on by unusual weather patterns and climate changes.

He stressed that focus needed to be given to plans to evacuate local people and to ensure the safety of construction projects or houses in low-land areas or along rivers.

Thinh, who is also Director of the Ha Noi Department of Dyke Management and Flood Control, said the department had developed various contingencies for the rainy season.

He said small floods did not usually happen in the city in June but this month had witnessed dangerous whirlwinds and rains.

Heavy rain that lashed the city on Wednesday night caused flooding in some areas of the city, while heavy rains on June 4 led to the death of a taxi driver after a large tree collapsed nearby. Nearly 100 large trees had been uprooted and many electricity poles were brought down during the storm.

The Ha Noi Water Drainage Company estimates that there are about 10 inner-city sites that will be vulnerable to flooding during the rainy season.

The rainy season usually begins in July but this year it is expected to arrive earlier this month.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, about 10-12 storms and tropical depressions may appear in the East Sea this year, 4-5 of which will directly affect mainland Viet Nam.

The Red River Delta in the north may be hit by 2-3 storms or tropical depressions, mainly in July, August and September. — VNS

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