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North braces for landslides, floods

Update: July, 31/2015 - 09:28
Rescue team try to save residents trapped in a collapsed house due to land sliding in Ha Long City, Quang Ninh Province. Heavy rain is forecast to continue in the country's Northeast until at least Saturday night. — Photo Quang Quyet

HA NOI (VNS) — Heavy rain is forecast to continue in the country's Northeast until at least Saturday night.

"Local authorities must remain vigilant and well prepared to deal with landslides and flooding to ensure the safety of residents," said the head of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Cao Duc Phat, during an online meeting yesterday with regional authorities. Phaut is also Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, said heavy downpour was expected to continue in Quang Ninh and Lang Son Provinces until tomorrow.

Heavy rain until Tuesday was also forecast in other provinces, such as Cao Bang, Bac Can, Ha Giang. Falls could measure 100-300mm.

Landslides and flooding are also expected in lowland cities such as Hai Phong, Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, which have already been drenched. At the weekend, floodwaters in neighbouring Quanh Ninh Province wrecked the water-supply system and killed many householders .

Water level in the Hong-Thai Binh Rivers System is forecast to rise by two to seven metres as the rain continues.

Chairman of the Quang Ninh People's Committee, Nguyen Duc Long, said all available manpower and resources were dealing with damage caused by the historic rain.

The chairman said Quang Ninh authorities had ordered the evacuation of all local residents in areas with high-probability of landslides and established round-the-clock disaster controls.

Le Thi Thanh Nhan, director of the Lang Son Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the province was compiling a list of areas prone to flash flooding and landslides to plan evacuations if necessary. The province also reported that a 10-year-old went missing during a flood in Chi Lang District, 350ha of agricultural crops destroyed and numerous roads damaged.

Minister Phat urged local authorities to ensure the safety of people, especially those living beside rivers and streams and areas prone to landslides. — VNS

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