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Agency proposes supervision system to prevent dam collapse
By Le Anh
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Agency proposes supervision system to prevent dam collapse

By Le Anh

A view of the Tri An dam in Dong Nai Province - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC – The Vietnam Rivers Network (VRN) has proposed setting up a system of supervision and carefully monitoring dams nationwide to promptly issue warnings to avoid calamities caused by a dam collapse similar to the Xe Pian - Xe Namnoy dam incident in in Laos’ Attapeu province.

VRN noted in a statement that the Lao hydropower dam burst serves as an important lesson on dam safety not only for Vietnam in the current flood season but also for other countries.

Statistics from VRN show that Vietnam is home to some 7,000 irrigation and hydropower reservoirs, with capacities ranging from thousands to billions of cubic meters of water. The Lao dam incident proved that no matter which dam collapses, the resulting damage to lives, property, the environment and society is severe.

In Vietnam, although authorities have built operation systems and inter-reservoir operation systems aimed at ensuring safety, the risk of a dam collapse seems to be threatening residents and authorities due to the unpredictable weather and the low quality of construction works, among other factors.

After the Lao dam collapse, VRN stressed the need to have supervision systems in place and a mechanism to issue urgent warnings.

Even though the water from the collapsed dam flowing into the Mekong Delta did not adversely affect the region, VRN proposed the six countries of the Mekong River basin cooperate in adopting preventive measures against another collapse.

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