All resources must be focused on relief, cleaning up the environment, and preventing flood victims from starving, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said yesterday.
By the time of Monday evening, 44 areas in Ha Noi remain flooded (Photo: SGGP)
In an emergency dispatch to ministries and the provinces of Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Ha Noi, Lang Son, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen, Thai Binh, Ninh Binh, Ha Nam, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Quang Binh, he ordered the stepping up of relief activities to ensure no victim lacks food.
He also sent his deep condolences to victims and families of people killed in the flooding.
It stopped raining in Hanoi yesterday but the flood water has been receding very slowly. Some new urban residential areas like Van Quan, My Dinh, and Linh Dam remain flooded and traffic remains blocked.
Many rivers in the north, including in Ha Noi, remain at high levels, and some sections of dikes are at risk of collapse, a report by the Ha Noi People’s Committee said.
Along the Red River, the dike has been damaged in 13 places, it said.
All efforts must be made to protect the embankment in Ha Noi, particularly in vulnerable areas, secretary of the city Party Committee, Pham Quang Nghi, told the concerned agencies at a meeting yesterday.
By yesterday evening 44 areas in Ha Noi remained flooded, with 29 seriously submerged.
Do Xuan Anh, director of the Construction Department, said the water can be drained by today if there are no unusual developments. More than 300 workers from the Hanoi Water Drainage Company have been pump out the floodwaters at the Yen So Pumping Station.
The Ha Noi Clean Water Company provided clean water to some areas like Kim Lien and Thanh Cong that have lacked pure water for the last few days.
The Northern Food Corporation has asked its affiliates to supply rice and instant noodles at reasonable prices to flood victims in many parts of the capital.
The chairman of the Ha Noi Fatherland Front Committee, Tran Viet Hang, said families would be given at least VND3 million for each member killed in the flooding and VND2 million for houses seriously damaged.
Six task forces set up by the Ha Noi Department of Health yesterday inspected many areas to begin a cleanup, ensure food hygiene and safety, and prevent water-borne diseases.
They provided residents chemicals to decontaminate drinking water and destroy flies and mosquitoes.
The department has also mobilized 10 tons of chlorine to deliver to areas facing a high risk of water-borne diseases.
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