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Landslide and flood alerts issued amid heavy rains

By T. Dao

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HCMC – The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting has issued warnings for potential landslides and floods in several provinces, including Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Kon Tum.

This alert coincides with regions in the Central Highlands and the South bracing for more rain, elevating the risk of flash floods and landslides.

Specific areas, such as Nui Thanh District and Hiep Duc District in Quang Nam, Ba To District in Quang Ngai, and several districts in Kon Tum, are identified as high-risk zones. These areas have been classified as level 1 threat zones due to their susceptibility to natural disasters and landslides.

Rainfall predictions for today, September 18, vary from 10 to 30 millimeters, with some places possibly receiving over 70 millimeters. In coastal areas, particularly from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai, there is a heightened alert for thunderstorms, accompanied by the risk of gusty winds.

In related news, Thanh Hoa and Tien Giang provinces are taking precautionary measures against riverbank and coastal erosion.

Tien Giang has allocated VND745 billion for six major projects aimed at mitigating erosion and ensuring the safety and stability of its residents.

Meanwhile, Thanh Hoa reports that over 8,400 households are situated in areas vulnerable to landslides and flash floods. Efforts are underway to reinforce riverbanks and relocate residents from these endangered zones, especially with the impending threat of the rainy season.

The province has identified nearly 32,900 households residing near rivers that need evacuation during floods, and over 40,900 households living near the coast and river mouths that require evacuation during storms. A project to resettle residents in high-risk areas from 2021-2025 has been approved by the provincial People’s Committee.

As an immediate response, local authorities have installed warning signs in high-risk areas and are closely monitoring cracks to respond promptly during heavy rainfall. Plans are in place to relocate residents from areas prone to landslides.

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