|In the next few days, the firm will focus on ensuring the safety of vulnerable dams, mines and tunnels and draining of flood waters from its facilities to resume operations as soon as possible.—Photo laodong.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) will take several measures to deal with the worst rainstorm and floods in four decades in the northern coastal Quang Ninh Province.
The record downpour from July 26 to 31 in Quang Ninh – with rainfall of 800mm in Ha Long and Cam Pha cities on July 26 and 27 – severely affected the state-run group's production and business activities.
Vinacomin halted all coal production in Quang Ninh, which is known for its large coal reserves, to focus on prevention of floods and post-flood recovery.
In the next few days, the firm will focus on ensuring the safety of vulnerable dams, mines and tunnels and draining of flood waters from its facilities to resume operations as soon as possible.
It will repair roads and railways meant for coal transport to ensure supply, especially to power plants. Meanwhile, the company will also reinforce the walls in coal storage sites, dredge drainage systems and prepare personnel for emergencies.
Vinacomin is also deploying forces to help Quang Ninh address the consequences of the floods, by evacuating residents, accommodating evacuees and donating money.
Incessant rains and floods have claimed at least 17 lives and left eight injured in Quang Ninh.
The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control said on July 31 that the costs of flood damage exceeded 2.2 trillion (US$109 million). The coal sector in Quang Ninh suffered losses of up to VND1.2 trillion ($55.8 million). — VNS