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Hanoi prepares mass evacuation plan over flood fear
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Hanoi prepares mass evacuation plan over flood fear

The Saigon Times Daily

A house in Chuong My District, Hanoi City, is submerged under floodwater - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Hanoi is preparing to evacuate 14,000 households from the outlying district of Chuong My due to what is considered the heaviest flood in history, Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said during an inspection tour to the district on July 30.

He noted that the Hanoi government will provide an additional 10,000 sand bags and request the competent agencies in the district to strengthen the embankment along the swelling Bui River to prevent water from overflowing.

Tran Quang Hoai, general director of the Directorate for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, confirmed that the district is prepared for the worst, adding that the flood was not due to the discharge of water from the Hoa Binh hydropower plant in the upstream province of the same name. According to him, the flood was caused by a heavy downpour.

Torrential rains between July 18 and 22 caused the water level of the Bui River to reach 7.5 meters on July 30, 0.5 meters higher than the third-grade warning level, said Chuong My District chairman Dinh Manh Hung.

Phung Van Sinh, a resident of Nam Phuong Tien Commune, expressed concern over the severe flood, adding that it has damaged the crops of the local people.

Residents of Nam Phuong Tien, Thuy Xuan Tien, Tan Tien and Hoang Van Thu communes in the district have suffered in the past 10 days due to the flood. More than 2,300 households have been submerged under floodwaters.

Meanwhile, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control held a meeting in Hanoi on July 31 to find ways to respond to natural disasters in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.

Due to the impacts of climate change, infrastructure development projects, and sand exploitation in the upstream region, and the hyropower dam burst in southern Laos, landslides are getting worse in the region. Moreover, water from the upstream area has caused floods, threatening both human lives and property.

Since 2010, 562 areas in the region, spanning 786 kilometers, have been hit by landslides.

The steering committee has also asked the localities in the Mekong Delta to be prepared for possible heavy floods.

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