|A house in a flood at Thuan Chau District, Son la Province. The Ministry of Construction would issue a document requiring localities to review the planning and construction of residential areas and infrastructure to minimise the loss of lives and property, and prevent damage from natural disasters. — VNA/VNS Photo Cong Luat
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Construction said it would issue a document requiring localities to review the planning and construction of residential areas and infrastructure to minimise the loss of lives and property, and prevent damage from natural disasters.
This move follows inspections done by a working group Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung led to parts of the northern province of Quang Ninh affected by the recent storms. They assessed the resulting floods' impacts on various construction projects.
Mountainous provinces such as Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Cao Bang, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang and Son La also suffered in the wake of the floods. The provinces' losses revealed many shortcomings in infrastructure planning and allocation of residential areas.
After visiting areas affected by the landslides and floods in Quang Ninh, Dien Bien and Lai Chau provinces, the State Agency for Construction Quality Inspectorate also said project quality, urban planning and allocation of residential areas were inadequate.
The coal industry's plans and preparations were not synchronised with master plans in Quang Ninh Province and Ha Long City.
Water supplies and sewage systems also proved problematic. The floods lasted a long time despite the fact that Ha Long City is right on the coast, and thus should drain quickly.
Pham Huu Sy, a member of the State Council for the Acceptance of Construction Works, said that immediately after disasters local authorities needed to work with experts to draw out maps indicating areas or spots affected by natural disasters like landslides.
In addition, localities needed to determine which kinds of infrastructure were a main priorities and how much investment projects needed.
Officials from the Ministry of Construction also urged local authorities to check the quality and operations of dyke systems, ensuring the safety of people and property. Landslides needed to be inspected and repaired promptly to assure traffic ran smoothly on main roads, they said.
After the flooding, it was necessary to identify high-risk areas and ensure residents' safety.
The recent flood in August left 17 dead, 32 injured and more than 30,000 workers temporarily out of work, according to a report from Quang Ninh Province's People's Committee. The losses were estimated at about VND2.7 trillion (US$122.1 million). The coal sector accounts for VND1.2 trillion ($54.3 million). — VNS