Central Highlands localities step up post-disaster measures

Sunday, 2017-04-16 07:07:53
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Cu M'lan Commune Military Command in Ea Sup District of Dak Lak Province coordinates with local authorities to assist locals affected by tornadoes. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – Heavy rain accompanied by whirlwinds have torn through several provinces in the Central Highlands region over the past few days, blowing the roofs off many houses and damaging vast areas of crops.

On April 12, in Cu M'lan Commune, Ea Sup District (Dak Lak Province), heavy rains along with tornadoes lasting for about 30 minutes caused 67 houses to collapse, resulting in an estimated damage of about VND400 million.

Also on Wednesday, in Sa Nghia Commune, Sa Thay District (Kon Tum Province), cyclones unroofed 15 houses and severely damaged the livestock of 21 local families. Hectares of rubber, coffee and vegetable cultivation in the area were also damaged.

In Gia Lai Province, heavy rains and tornados blew away the roofs of over 250 houses in the two districts of Chu Prong and Chu Pah, causing an estimated damage of nearly VND2 billion.

At present, localities are mobilising forces to assist people to repair their houses, restore production and calculate damage statistics to map out support solutions to help locals stabilise their lives.

* Meanwhile, in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, landslides are still causing complications, of which about 1,200 households in Tien River bank with erosion risk need to be evacuated urgently. At present, over 30 communes and wards in the province have been eroded. Many landslides caused erosion of 10-40m to the mainland, threatening the lives of local people.

* The Phu Da - Phu Binh shore in Vinh Binh Commune, Cho Lach District (Ben Tre Province) is suffering landslides of about 400m in length, with positions that have been eroded at more than half of the dyke, affecting 150 ha of land and the life of 50 local households. At present, the communal People’s Committee is mobilising resources to buy sand to temporarily reinforce the eroded site.

* According to forecasts from the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, in 2017, there are about 13 to 15 storms and tropical depressions operating in the East Sea, more than the average for many years. It is forecasted that there will be three to four typhoons and tropical depressions that could potentially make landfall in Vietnam, concentrated in the central region.

In addition, the average temperature from May to October on a nationwide scale is much higher than the average for many years, especially in the north. Hot suns in areas across the country tend to be less acute and less likely to persist. From April to May, there have been more frequent thunderstorms, cyclones and hailstorms, especially in the northern midland and mountainous areas, the North Central, Central Highlands and Southern regions.