PM asks for more efforts to tackle floods’ impact, cope with incoming storm no.7
Severe flooding triggered by torrential rain has caused great losses in human and assets in the central region.
Northern and north-central Vietnam is braced for the arrival of storm Nangka, the seventh storm this year, with the weather pattern heading for northern regions following its evolution from a tropical depression on the afternoon of October 12, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
This comes after Storm Linfa, the sixth storm this year, brought spells of torrential rain that triggered mass flooding and landslides in the centre of the country, with at least 23 people being confirmed dead and a further 14 missing.
PM Phuc on October 12 have issued a dispatch asking for every effort to tackle the impact of natural disasters in the central region and deal with the incoming storm and tropical depression.
The dispatch said that severe flooding triggered by torrential rain has caused great losses in human and assets in the central region. The Prime Minister sent his profound sympathy to families of the fatalities and the missing.
Natural disasters are forecast to develop complicatedly in the following days, he stated, requiring the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control, the National Committee for Incident, Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, related ministries and sectors, and localities to continue dealing with the impact of floods and rains, and keeping a close watch on the seventh storm and tropical depression’s developments to have timely directions.
The Prime Minister asked central localities from Quang Binh to Binh Dinh and the Central Highlands region to continue implementing his previous dispatch dated October 8 with focus on ensuring locals’ lives by evacuating them out of dangerous areas.
The localities were urged to intensify the search for missing people, visit and encourage affected households, especially those reporting fatalities and missing members, and provide temporary accommodations, food, and necessities for them.
Heavy rains submerge 109,034 houses in central region.
The Government leader asked the Health Ministry to ensure medical check-ups and treatment for locals and guide them on disease prevention.
The Finance Ministry was requested to coordinate with authorised offices to promptly meet urgent relief requirements related to national reserves from localities, especially food, tents and lifebuoys, while the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs was urged to report and propose food assistance for those affected.
The PM also asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to keep a close watch on development of the seventh storm and tropical depression to provide timely and accurate predictions.
The Ministries of National Defence and Public Security are required to prepare to support local people in dealing with heavy rains and floods and overcoming the consequences, while the Ministry of Transport was asked to ensure the safety of vessels.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding because of its long coastline. Natural disasters – predominantly floods and landslides triggered by storms – killed 132 people and injured 207 others in the country last year.