Vietnam, Japan share measures to cope with flash flood, landslides

Saturday, 2019-10-12 11:23:44
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Overview of the conference (Photo: CPV)
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NDO/VNA - A conference was held in Hanoi on October 11 to discuss cooperation between Vietnam and Japan in seeking measures and technology to mitigate damage from flash flood and landslides.

Doan Thi Tuyet Nga, head of the Department of Science-Technology and International Cooperation under the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said that Japan, owning advanced technology in disaster prevention and response, has supported Vietnam in managing the risks of natural disasters, especially floods and landslides.

The administration has worked with experts from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to translate documents to serve the building of plans on flash flood prevention and control, she noted.

However, Nga stressed the need for stronger engagement of authorised agencies and scientists as well as support from developed countries such as Japan.

Vu Le Minh, an expert from the Department of Science-Technology and International Cooperation, noted that Vietnam is one of the countries hit the hardest by natural disasters, including flash flood and landslides.

He noted that as flash flood and landslides often occur in tough terrain, the search and rescue work is difficult.

In August this year, only a 15-minute flash flood caused 10 deaths and missing, destroyed 35 houses with total losses of VND 120 billion, he said.

Naoki Imamura from the Water and Disaster Management Bureau under Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism shared a number of measures that Japan has applied to prevent and respond to natural disasters, including the building of dams.

Participants at the event discussed the need to enhance the efficiency of early warning systems, improve public awareness of preventing and responding to flash flood and landslides, apply science and technology in communications, equip localities with warning equipment, and call for the involvement from the private sector.

They also proposed that the Government allow the launching of a project to pilot an early warning system and the construction of dams to prevent mud and rocks in a number of risky areas.