Central provinces strengthen efforts to cope with widespread flooding

09:31 | 19/12/2016 Society

Central localities and relevant authorities are working hard to deal with the heavy consequences caused by the current widespread flooding in the central region.

Aid delivered to flood victims in Tu Nghia District, Quang Ngai province (Credit: NDO)

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the northeast monsoon is weakening, leading to reduced rainfall on December 18 in provinces from Thua Thien-Hue to Khanh Hoa.

The national forecast centre predicted that from December 18 - 20, heavy rains are likely to increase again in the localities from Quang Nam to Ninh Thuan.

The reduced rainfall caused flooding levels on rivers from Thua Thien-Hue to Ninh Thuan and in Gia Lai to be further reduced. In other areas, rain fall has significantly halted, especially in the Central Highlands.

As of December 17, flooding in Quang Ngai had inundated 54 communes and wards of seven districts and cities, with around 17,555 houses affected.

The province evacuated 4,530 households in the flooded areas to safety. Local authorities are actively implementing remedial plans and supporting necessities to help people cope with the flood.

According to initial statistics from the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, flooding has claimed two lives in Khanh Hoa province, while destroying 33 homes, 6,080 ha of crops, 1,400 heads of cattle and poultry and 29 ships. Estimated damages are about VND120 billion.

The locality is urgently providing relief for locals in affected areas, supporting them to restore production and providing financial support to repair works damaged by flooding.

On the same day, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) received and shipped 30 tonnes of dry food to flood victims in the central region. The VNA packages, handed over from the National Committee for Search and Rescue on Friday evening, were dispatched on early flights in the morning of December 17 from Hanoi to Da Nang, Quy Nhon and Cam Ranh.

Relief goods were handed over to the Military Command in provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen to transport to areas in need.

Phu Ninh reservoir in Quang Nam frequently discharges water to help reduce downstream flooding (Credit: NDO)

According to Vietnam Electricity (EVN), 13 hydropower reservoirs have commenced with regulated water discharge, including Quang Tri, A Vuong, Tranh River 2, Vinh Son A, Bung River 4, Ba Ha River, Hinh River, Ka Nak , An Khe, Buon Kuop, Srepok 3, Don Duong and Dai Ninh. EVN also sent dispatches to relevant units to deploy prevention plans to deal with flooding.

Local authorities proposed the Government to consider providing emergency assistance for central localities, including 5,850 tonnes of rice and five tonnes of dry food; 300 tonnes of rice seed, 20 tonnes of maize seed and five tonnes of vegetables and beans; VND102 billion in funding to support the recovery of agricultural production; and VND1.3 trillion for urgent repair works to transport and irrigation infrastructure...

Earlier, the VRCS announced that it would distribute emergency aid worth VND200 million for the three provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh. To date, the VCRS has supported nearly VND100 billion and held three aid providing to flood-hit provinces in the central region.

Theo NDO