Prime Minister visits flood hit Mekong Delta

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung led a team of Government officials to visit flood affected areas in the Mekong Delta on Wednesday, and to find effective measures to offer relief to residents there.

Prime Minister (R) meeting people of Tan An Commune in Tan Chau town in An Giang Province on October 12

Mr. Dung surveyed the worst landslide prone areas in An Giang and Dong Thap Provinces and checked on the safety measures taken by authorities for school going students. Later Mr. Dung met with leaders of Dong Thap, An Giang and Long An Provinces to find in depth solutions to the various problems.

He instructed province authorities to protect the autumn-winter rice crop and evacuate residents to safer areas, in order to minimize human loss.

Prime Minister Dung ordered the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to coordinate with other ministries and departments to estimate the total damage caused by floods.

According to him, Dong Thap Muoi and Long Xuyen Quadrangular areas are large areas for rice and seafood production in the Mekong Delta. However, both these areas are usually submerged under floodwaters every rainy season.

To counter this reoccurring problem, province leaders in these two areas should improve the infrastructure, seek solutions for sustainable production and rebuild residential areas to withstand the flood season.

He instructed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to complete an irrigation plan for the Mekong Delta to deal with flooding in the future.

On the same day, Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, Nguyen Van Dua, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the same organ visited and gave financial aid to families that were worst affected by the recent flooding in Vinh Long, Dong Thap, Long An, Kien Giang and An Giang Provinces.

According to Tran Tuan Hung, Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front in HCMC, the city will assist people of the Mekong Delta with VND4.7 billion (US$224,000) this time.

The Mekong Delta has so far reported that at least 60,000 houses are presently under floodwaters and 6,000 hectares of rice crops have been completely destroyed. The death toll due to flooding has climbed to 34 people.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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