Prime Minister calls for immediate action in response to northern flooding

11/06/2024

TN&MTPrime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has issued a directive for swift and comprehensive action to mitigate the aftermath of severe flooding in northern and midland regions of Vietnam. From June 8-10, heavy rainfall led to extensive flooding in the provinces of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong and Ha Giang, causing significant disruption and damage.

Prime Minister calls for immediate action in response to northern flooding

Ensure the safe passage of residents through flooded areas in Ha Giang

The tropical depression combined with the low vortex brought rainfall of 40-120mm in some areas, and significantly higher amounts in Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, and Ha Giang provinces, with the latter experiencing up to 428mm in some localities.

The flooding has resulted in the overflow of the Lo River in Ha Giang and the Gam River in Cao Bang, causing the deaths of three individuals and leaving others missing. Water levels in hydropower reservoirs in Lai Chau, Hoa Binh, and Tuyen Quang have exceeded last year's levels, exacerbating the situation. The heavy rains have also led to severe flooding in areas like Ha Giang, Uong Bi, Ha Long, and Hai Phong, disrupting transportation and daily life.

The National Centre for Hydrometeorological Forecasting predicts continued heavy rainfall in the coming days, with a high risk of flash floods and landslides in the northern mountainous and midland areas. Water levels are also expected to rise in the Thao, Đà, and Lô river basins.

The directive prioritizes search and rescue operations for missing individuals, providing support and relief to affected families, and ensuring the structural integrity and safety of dams and reservoirs. Government agencies and local authorities have been mobilized to coordinate efforts, deploying necessary resources and manpower to address the immediate needs of the affected regions and to prevent further incidents.

In response to the floods, there has been a concerted effort to restore normalcy and ensure the safety and well-being of residents in the impacted areas. Emergency services are working around the clock to clear debris, restore infrastructure, and provide essential supplies to those in need. The government is also focusing on long-term strategies to enhance disaster preparedness and resilience in vulnerable regions to better withstand future natural calamities.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has called on all relevant agencies to work together efficiently and effectively to minimize the impact of the disaster and support the recovery of affected communities. The government’s swift response highlights its commitment to protecting citizens and ensuring their safety in times of natural disasters.

Ngoc Huyen

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