Localities asked to brace for upcoming storms, support flood-hit people

Wednesday, 2020-10-21 17:36:15
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Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung speaking at the conference
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NDO/VNA - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung on October 21 asked localities to focus on supporting flood-hit people in the central and north-central regions, especially Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces, and on designing plans to prepare for and respond to upcoming storms so as to ensure life and property.

At a conference in Hanoi on responding to storms and flooding in the central region, the Deputy PM noted that imminent tropical storm Saudel, the eighth to have formed in the East Sea (South China Sea) this year, is forecast to have a devastating impact on the region.

The official, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, has asked the Border Guard High Command to coordinate with the Directorate of Fisheries and localities to keep a close eye on the development of the storm to keep vessels at sea informed.

Localities forecast to be hit should prepare suitable response plans, focusing on evacuating people from risky areas, he requested.

He asked that special attention be given to the safety of dams and reservoirs as well as traffic safety and order, along with measures to protect agricultural production and tourism activities and prevent environmental pollution and the spread of COVID-19.

The Deputy PM assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide each flood-hit locality with five tonnes of sausage. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment should direct the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting to provide updated information on the storm’s developments as well as timely alerts.

At the same time, the Ministry of Information and Communications should update the public on the storm’s movement via text message, while media agencies should regularly provide the public with guidelines on disaster prevention and mitigation. Working groups will be formed and sent to hard-hit areas.