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Prime Minister directs responses to severe flooding

Floods swept away many houses and crops in Van Chan district, northern Yen Bai province. (Photo: VNA)

– Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent urgent notices to state
agencies and administrations of cities and provinces affected by the tropical
depression, directing responses to flooding in northern and central Vietnam.

In the face of
serious flooding brought by heavy rains over the past few days and typhoon Khanun
which freshly emerged in the East Sea, PM Phuc directed the Central Steering
Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and local governments,
particularly in mountainous provinces, to keep a close watch on the weather
conditions and stay vigilant for any emergency.

He asked authorities
and military forces of flood-hit provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Yen Bai and
Thanh Hoa to continue search for missing people and move those living in
mudslide-prone and other at-risk areas to safety.

He urged the
provinces to provide relief to affected families, especially those who lost
family members or had injured people. Foods and other supplies alongside
temporary accommodation must be provided to those in need.

[Hoa Binh: 41 died, injured, missing in floods, landslides]

The PM also
requested the provinces and ministries to take measures to protect dykes and
dams; ensure traffic safety at flooded or landslide areas; fix public buildings,
roads, irrigation systems damaged in the disasters; and help local residents repair
houses and clean the environment.

The Ministry of
Health was assigned to provide free treatment to injured people and instruct
people on after-flood cleanup. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development is responsible for promptly solving any dyke or dam problems and
discharging floodwater to protect crops.

The Ministry of
Industry and Trade must direct the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) to guarantee
safety of hydropower reservoirs and promptly resolve power-related problems for
production and daily activities to be quickly resumed, the notice said.

He cancelled a scheduled meeting with voters in Hai Phong
City on October 12, travelling instead to the northern province of Ninh Binh to
check on local dykes. 

Northern mountainous provinces and
part of the central region have been submerged by widespread floods resulting
from torrential rains on October 10 and 11. 

The death toll climbed to 54 as of 22:00 pm on October 12, according to the Central Steering
Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. 

The fatalities included 14 people in Thanh Hoa, 17 in Hoa Binh, 9 in Nghe An, 6
in Son La and Yen Bai provinces each. Thirty-nine others are still missing while
31 are injured.-VNA

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