Natural disasters kill 68 in first half – Viet Nam

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VGP – Natural disasters claimed 68 lives in the first six months of this year, according to the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA).

LOAN KIM

Viet Nam has faced 74 incidents of torrential rains and landslides, 77 devastating thunderstorms, 113 earthquakes, two cold snaps that left 68 people dead and missing in the first half of this year. Meanwhile, the total cost of natural disasters has been estimated at more than VND 4 trillion ($175 million) in economic damage.

The Southeast Asian country is home to 2,741 kilometers of levees from level 3 to special level. However, 242 key points and more than 7,600 cases of violations have not been resolved.

The VDMA predicts that in the rest of 2022 there will be heavy storms and large floods, threatening the safety of the dike system.

The National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting reported that a tropical depression in the East Sea developed into a storm on Thursday morning, marking the first tropical storm to hit the Southeast Asian country this year.

The storm, named Chaba, was located 400 kilometers east of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has requested authorities from northern coastal localities from Quang Ninh Province to south-central Binh Dinh Province to make necessary preparations.

Earlier, the National Hydrometeorological Prediction Center reported that natural disasters are expected to be more complicated, fierce and unpredictable than in 2022 with unusually heavy rains in the last months of the year and storms likely to have trajectories unusual.

To proactively respond to natural disasters, the Standing Office of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has asked localities to focus on improving the quality of disaster forecasting, warning and relief. natural disaster and to prepare flood prevention plans in downstream areas.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will be responsible for guiding localities to change crops to proactively adapt and reduce the damage caused by natural disasters, accelerating the upgrading of dykes to ensure the personal safety during the rainy season./.

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