PM orders prompt response to rains and floods caused by typhoon Hato

Thursday, 2017-08-24 11:42:26
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NDO - The Prime Minister on August 23 issued a telegraph calling on relevant ministries to take prompt response to heavy rains and floods caused by Typhoon Hato, the sixth storm to hit East Sea this year.

The telegraph was also sent to the People’s Committees of the northern provinces of Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Bac Can, Bac Giang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Lai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien, Phu Tho and Hoa Binh, which have been affected by the storm.

The Prime Minister asked the people’s committees to focus on such tasks as the timely evacuation of people from dangerous areas, controlling traffic flow at flooded routes, monitoring the evolution of floods, and protecting agricultural production.

The local authorities were also asked to stay alert to mobilise all available resources for search and rescue missions, and to promptly overcome post-disaster consequences.

The PM ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to direct functional agencies and localities to ensure the safe operation of water reservoirs and dyke systems in order to minimise the typhoon’s damage on agricultural and aquaculture production.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is tasked with directing the Vietnam National Coal - Mineral Industries Group to ensure the safe operation of pits and mining areas, while the Ministry of Transport is requested to ensure waterway traffic safety on and assist landslide prone areas in addressing traffic incidents.

National Committee for Search and Rescue, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Public Security were required to stay ready to organise evacuation, search and rescue missions when needed.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is responsible for keeping close watch on developments concerning rains and floods, providing information for relevant agencies and localities in order to take preventive measures.

According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the northern region has been experiencing rain and thunderstorm due to the storm's circulation since the morning of April 23.

From August 23 to 25, heavy showers are expected in Quang Ninh, Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, Yen Bái and Lai Chau provinces, with the average rainfall ranging from 250mm to 300mm.