Prime Minister urges measures to enhance dam safety

Wednesday, 2018-08-08 03:18:55
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NDO - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has signed a directive calling for increased efforts to ensure the safety of dams and reservoirs.

He asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Industry and Trade to form working groups to inspect large dams and reservoirs and those at risk in order to take preventive measures.

The government leader also urged the two ministries to make response plans to deal with any scenario to guarantee safety for structures and the lower reaches.

He called for a continued review of the planned dams and reservoirs and resolute cancellation of any inefficient projects that could exert great impacts on the environment and the lives of nearby residents.

PM Phuc also asked the parties concerned to install monitoring devices and information systems to provide early warnings.

According to the Directorate of Water Resources, currently 80 out of 286 large reservoirs in the northern region are now full, while the number of full large reservoirs in the north central region is at 22 out of 132.

A significant number of smaller reservoirs are also full, while others have a water level at 65-85% of their capacities.

Heavy rain has damaged 39 houses and flooded 20 hectares of rice paddies in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai and caused a landslide that disrupted part of the road connecting Ha Giang province’s Meo Vac district to National Highway 34.

Meanwhile in Hanoi’s southern suburban district of Chuong My, efforts are being made to reduce the floodwater levels, and prevent the spread of diseases when the water recedes and electrical incidents when the power is restored.