Vietnam races to deal with flood impacts and braces for typhoon

Update: 03:00 | 14/10/2017
Vietnam’s northern mountainous and north central provinces are making concerted efforts to tackle the serious consequences of rains and floods while also bracing for the arrival of a new typhoon.
TIN LIÊN QUAN
vietnam races to deal with flood impacts and braces for typhoon PM inspects flood response in Ninh Binh
vietnam races to deal with flood impacts and braces for typhoon Thai Embassy aids flood-hit northern provinces

Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Truong Hoa Binh on October 13 arrived in Yen Bai province, one of the hardest hit areas by the floods, where he directly inspected a collapsed bridge and visited a number of bereaved families.

He praised the province’s efforts to deal with the damage in the aftermath of the latest natural disasters and urged local authorities to continue monitoring the situation to make timely responses. The Deputy PM cautioned Yen Bai province concerning the possibility of landslides and encouraged the evacuation of local residents when necessary.

In Hoa Binh province, search and rescue teams are working hard to look for those still unaccounted for in hopes of finding survivors.

vietnam races to deal with flood impacts and braces for typhoon
Efforts are being made to deal with the consequences of rains and floods. (Photo: NDO)

In Ninh Binh province, the local authorities are cooperating with military units to repair the reservoir of the Gia Vien pumping station, helping to lower the flood levels in a number of communes in Gia Vien district.

In Nghe An province, 500 soldiers, police officers and local residents were mobilised to fortify a dam section weakened by rising flood levels that could threaten the lives of more than 1,000 households in its capital city of Vinh.

Meanwhile a new storm has formed in the East Sea, known internationally as Khanun, and is currently about 630 kilometres from the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands to the east, with winds reaching up to 90 kilometres per hours.

The storm is strengthening and moving west at the speed of 10-15 kilometres per hour. According to the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, torrential rains and severe floods left 58 people dead, 38 missing and 31 injured as of October 13.

The disasters also flooded nearly 31,000 homes, caused damage to dykes in Hanoi, Ha Nam, Thanh Hoa and Nam Dinh provinces, destroyed roads and isolated several areas in Hoa Binh province.

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(Source: NDO)