Efforts to overcome difficulties in Van Ban

Sunday, 2018-07-22 15:24:21
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Heavy rains and flooding have caused devastation in Van Ban district, Lao Cai province.
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NDO – In the recent floods, the Van Ban district of Lao Cai province was the centre of flood in the province. Within a day of the worst flooding, on July 21, the local authorities and ethnic groups worked together to overcome difficulties to stabilise their lives and get production back on track. The floods caused widespread damage, but through sheer determination and the strength of human spirit the people in Van Ban district are persevering through disaster.

Floods have caused damage in Vo Lao commune, known as the rare granary of Lao Cai province, with fields covering hundreds of hectares, providing thousands of tonnes of rice per year to the province. According to the chairman of Vo Lao commune Luong Van Diep, ten out of 29 villages have been deeply inundated; while over 50 ha of rice, corn and sweet potatoes for export to Japan have been damaged.

Downpours and floods in recent days have caused serious damage to nine villages of Van Son commune in Lao Cai province. Three houses have collapsed, while more than 22 ha of rice have been submerged. Inter-village routes have also been left blocked by water and debris.

Flooding has destroyed the only bridge connecting the centre of Nam Tha commune and Khe Coc village in the commune, which is the hardest-hit commune of Van Ban district. Dozens of houses have been destroyed, while more than 40 ha of rice and crops have been flooded.

Officials from Van Ban branch of Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) are reconnecting power lines to provide electricity to the people in Son Hong village.

Head of Xuan Nam village, Tran Minh Lai, and the local people are clearing mud to ensure inter-village traffic and environmental sanitation.

Local officials talk with the people about their efforts to overcome the floods.