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Vietnamese youths support flooded victims

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm




Vietnamese youths support flooded victims


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 21:24 (GMT+7)

Young people nation-wide have during recent days carried out diverse and meaningful activities to show their sympathy and responsibility towards their compatriots who had been hard-hit by recent floods in Central Vietnam.


In Hanoi, volunteers’ clubs have launched a number of donation programs to raise fund for the flood victims.


Specifically, a volunteer group named “Niem Tin” (Belief) encouraged people to donate books and learning kits for flood-hit students.


The group held an auction of a painting of Hanoi in Hacinco Village, sold shirts of “Love for the Central” at Dong Xuan Night Market, PanGitChi Shop or via Facebook and other fora.


The group is going to transport the essential aid to pupils of schools in Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Provinces on October 22nd.


Meanwhile, other young volunteer groups, Vicongdong.vn project and Warm Winter, Thang Long and the forum Online Quangbinh have jointly organised a journey “Passing rainy season” to distribute aid to 250 households in Cu Nam Commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province.


The aid, including instant noodles, rice, notebooks and ball-point pens and money, were collected since October 7th and presented to the needy on October 19th and 20th.


Similarly the club “Thousands of Paper Cranes” in conjunction with Online Life and Science Newspaper launched a program entitled “Compassion for the Central”. In response to the program, individuals and organisations have collected a large number of clothing, 650 mosquito-nets, instant noodles, spice and VND 7 million for victims in Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province.


The forum kiminland.net called on their members to skip their breakfasts and ice-cream to save money for the victims.


Members of the fcbarcelona.com.vn forum are very actively involved in assisting flood victims in the Central Provinces by donating their own belongings.


At the same time, other young people expressed their sympathy by praying for the flood to go away.


Students from Class K52 Press and Communication under the University of Social Science and Humanity have donated their money saved from the celebration of Vietnamese Women’s Day on October 20th to support the victims.


Besides, many international friends are also responding to the campaign to support flood victims in the Central of Vietnam.


Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Additional chopper sent to the flooded area

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Additional chopper sent to the flooded area


QĐND – Monday, October 18, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

Another Mi 17 helicopter left Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi today to Vinh, Nghe An Province to increase the rescue efforts in the central region, which has been hit by floods.


The helicopter was assigned to carry relief aid from Vinh to the hard hit district in Ha Tinh, including Huong Khe, Huong Son and Vu Quang districts.


According to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, by October 17th, more than 100,000 people in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh had to evacuate as more than 150,000 houses were submerged. Ho Chi Minh Road and the North – South Railway in these areas were cut.


Hundreds of canoes of the army and police were also mobilised to rescue people in Nghe An and Ha Tinh.


Source: VN Express


Translated by Ngoc Hung


Source: QDND

Ha Tinh evacuates flooded areas

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm




Ha Tinh evacuates flooded areas


QĐND – Saturday, October 16, 2010, 20:49 (GMT+7)

On October 14-15 provinces from Nghe An to Quang Ngai experienced heavy rains, averaging 100-200mm. 


Rivers from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai province are at very high levels. Lowland and delta areas in these provinces are in danger of flash floods and landslides.


Ha Tinh province on October 15 evacuated 1,000 families in Huong Son district to safe areas.


The provincial People’s Committee has directed local authorities and border guard soldiers to evacuate people from hazardous areas.


Two days ago, the province asked all districts and towns to implement emergency measures to minimise property and human losses.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Evacuation measures only partially effective for annually flooded central region

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm

A host of central residents relocated to resettlement areas have lamented that the policy has left them in less than ideal circumstances, as they now lack land for agricultural production.

Hundreds of families who live close to the sea wait to be resettled in Quy Nhon town, Binh Dinh Province (Photo: SGGP)

In the historic flood of 1999, which severely devastated the central region, the Vu Gia riverside village Phuong Trung was eliminated in Dai Quang Commune, Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province. The village residents had nothing left as their houses together with other properties were swept into the sea.


Local authorities then decided to build a new village on a hill, 3 kilometers from the old village, to evacuate residents without any plan for farming production. Over the past ten years, people there have lived a difficult life.


Le Thi Kim, 62-year-old woman said that she is single but has to bring up her brother’s two orphaned children and her 86-year-old mother. Everyday, she leaves the village early in the morning to seek any work, including doing housework and taking care of other children in order to buy food.

“I am old now and just wish to have a garden to cultivate rice and vegetables,” she said.


Another village inhabitant named Pham Van Vinh said that he could not raise pigs or chicken as they all die due to the sweltering weather. He said his family earned VND30 million from breeding and selling groceries each year when they lived in the old village.


Also after the 1999 flood, 18 households in Ha Lac Village, Quang Loi Commune, Quang Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue Province were evacuated to a resettlement area. After over 10 years, they continue to experience a rough existence without electricity, paved roads, fresh water or schools. As a result, 14 of the 18 households have left their resettlement homes to return the old village or have traveled to other provinces and cities to earn livelihoods.


Hundreds of resettlement areas have been built in Thua Thien-Hue since 2005, in response to floods and storms. However, several residents have left the new houses to return to their old homes. As a result, the number of people that must evacuate when floods and storms occur still tops 80,000 in the province each year.


Resettlement


Hundreds of tottery houses are found dangerously close to waves that crash along the beaches in Hoai Nhon, Phu My and Phu Cat districts and Quy Nhon town of Binh Dinh Province.


One year after his house was swallowed by ocean tides, Vo Ngoc Van’s family, in Nhon Ly Commune of Quy Nhon town, is still awaiting resettlement.


Van’s house fell into the sea due to heavy rains caused by a tropical low-pressure system that swept through the area in May of 2009. His family has had to live with relatives. He said that local authorities have promised to arrange resettlement for his family, but one year has gone by and they have done nothing.


Most households said they agreed to evacuate from landslide prone areas to new resettlement areas, according to Pham Dung, who resettled at An My Commune in Phu My District. However, life remains difficult for them; to build a new house costs tens of millions, while the State only assists each family with VND10 million (US$526).


Binh Dinh People’s Committee has arranged resettlement for nearly 2,300 households in the province. However, they reported difficulties implementing this plan, due to a lack of capital.


Effective solution


The first flood-prevention houses in the central region were built in Ngu Hanh Son District of Danang City. Each two-story home was built solidly on 300 square meters and include a bathroom, reading room, kitchen and container that can hold 1,000 liters of fresh water.

A flood-prevention house in Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City (Photo: SGGP)

Last year, when local people rushed to these houses to avoid floods, rescuers easily delivered rice and instant noodles to each house using motorboats.


The Central Natural Disasters Relief Fund has sponsored construction of 21 works to prevent natural disasters in low-lying areas in 10 central provinces and cities, said the fund director Nguyen Dang Lam.


The houses are used not only for avoiding floods, but also for other activities including musical performances, medical checks and treatment and teaching.


The fund will continue financing the building of another 30 works, including 15 flood-prevention houses in the region this year, Lam revealed.


On the other hand, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai from Quang Binh Province said that the State should provide residents with loans to rebuild or reinforce their houses, which would ease the local authorities’ pressure to evacuate residents during storm and flood seasons.

Source: SGGP

Volunteers pioneer in flooded areas

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm




Volunteers pioneer in flooded areas


QĐND – Thursday, October 14, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

PANO – People in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh are struggling to resettle and stablise their lives and normal activities after the provinces were seriously hit by the recent floods. But they are not alone: voluntary youths are lending their helping hands to assist them in these efforts.


 


Five trucks loaded with relief aid, sent by Vietnam Youth Association’s Central Committee and Military Youth Committee from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, arrived in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh right after the flood receded.


Despite being tired after a one hundred-kilometre journey, the youths were gratified as the relief aid was handed out in time.


Boxes of instant noodles, dry provisions and drinking water were unloaded immediately and transferred to the worst-hit flood districts of Huong Khe and Vu Quang (Ha Tinh) and Bo Trach (Quang Binh).


The volunteer youths in blue shirts then quickly brought the aid door-to-door, and, after one week isolated by the floods, these families were quickly running out of food and drink. Therefore, the immediate relief aid, for them, were really necessary.


Within two days, 11 tons of dry provisions, 3,000 boxes of instant noodle and 1,200 boxes of bottled water were handed out to the people in many flooded localities in the two provinces.


With their great efforts, the volunteers managed to give the relief directly into the centre of the floods in Tan Hoa Commune, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh Province.


The road to the commune was seriously damaged, preventing the trucks from travelling faster to the required area. However, with the timely assistance of the volunteers, the aid was delivered in time.


“You arrive in time. People here really need food and drinks,” said Cao Thanh Binh, Head of Tan Hoa Party Committee.


Meanwhile, Dinh Gia Tuyet, Secretary of Minh Hoa District Youth Union, said that nearly 1,000 young volunteers have been molilised to go to Tan Hoa to help the local people clean the environment and stabilise their lives.


Duc Linh, a Commune of Vu Quang District, Ha Tinh Province was also violently hit by the historic flood. During the flooded days, the most difficult things was to send relief aid directly to the people. Many hamlets in the commune are located close to Ngan Sau River and were isolated by the flood. As a result, to carry relief aids to the hamlets, many volunteers had to row boats for a long distance.


“There are always some members of the Commune Youth Union stationed at the Office of the Commune Committee to receive and transfer relief aid immediately to the families,” said Nguyen Xuan Thanh, Secretary of Duc Linh Commune Youth Union.


The Commune Youth Union also coordinated with other associations in the locality to support the local people to resettle. 200 of its members were mobilised to help the people repair their homes. They also planned to repair roads to schools when the flood is over.


When the flood level was rising in many localities in Quang Binh Province, many volunteers were mobilised together with the local soldiers to help evacuate people and their belongings to higher ground. Later on, when the water level reduced, they and students at university and colleges in Dong Hoi City headed to help the people overcome the consequences of the flood. Many youths just had no dry clothes while working hard from early morning until night fell.


In the upcoming time, youth unions in Quang Binh and Ha Tinh will continue their voluntary programs to help the people.


Ho An Phong, Secretary of Quang Binh Youth Union said: “We will continue to mobilise youths and voluntary students to repair roads and houses for the people”.


“When the flood is completely over, we will help the people to farm short-term crops to stabilise their lives,” he added.


Ha Van Hung, Secretary of Ha Tinh Youth Union said that, by October 13th, 6,000 volunteers had been mobilised to help the people province-wide.


“Our union will send voluntary teams to the flooded areas to clean the environment, provide health checks and medical treatment for people as well as raising funds to support them,” he said.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Evacuation measures only partially effective for annually flooded central region

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

A host of central residents relocated to resettlement areas have lamented that the policy has left them in less than ideal circumstances, as they now lack land for agricultural production.

Hundreds of families who live close to the sea wait to be resettled in Quy Nhon town, Binh Dinh Province (Photo: SGGP)

In the historic flood of 1999, which severely devastated the central region, the Vu Gia riverside village Phuong Trung was eliminated in Dai Quang Commune, Dai Loc District, Quang Nam Province. The village residents had nothing left as their houses together with other properties were swept into the sea.


Local authorities then decided to build a new village on a hill, 3 kilometers from the old village, to evacuate residents without any plan for farming production. Over the past ten years, people there have lived a difficult life.


Le Thi Kim, 62-year-old woman said that she is single but has to bring up her brother’s two orphaned children and her 86-year-old mother. Everyday, she leaves the village early in the morning to seek any work, including doing housework and taking care of other children in order to buy food.

“I am old now and just wish to have a garden to cultivate rice and vegetables,” she said.


Another village inhabitant named Pham Van Vinh said that he could not raise pigs or chicken as they all die due to the sweltering weather. He said his family earned VND30 million from breeding and selling groceries each year when they lived in the old village.


Also after the 1999 flood, 18 households in Ha Lac Village, Quang Loi Commune, Quang Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue Province were evacuated to a resettlement area. After over 10 years, they continue to experience a rough existence without electricity, paved roads, fresh water or schools. As a result, 14 of the 18 households have left their resettlement homes to return the old village or have traveled to other provinces and cities to earn livelihoods.


Hundreds of resettlement areas have been built in Thua Thien-Hue since 2005, in response to floods and storms. However, several residents have left the new houses to return to their old homes. As a result, the number of people that must evacuate when floods and storms occur still tops 80,000 in the province each year.


Resettlement


Hundreds of tottery houses are found dangerously close to waves that crash along the beaches in Hoai Nhon, Phu My and Phu Cat districts and Quy Nhon town of Binh Dinh Province.


One year after his house was swallowed by ocean tides, Vo Ngoc Van’s family, in Nhon Ly Commune of Quy Nhon town, is still awaiting resettlement.


Van’s house fell into the sea due to heavy rains caused by a tropical low-pressure system that swept through the area in May of 2009. His family has had to live with relatives. He said that local authorities have promised to arrange resettlement for his family, but one year has gone by and they have done nothing.


Most households said they agreed to evacuate from landslide prone areas to new resettlement areas, according to Pham Dung, who resettled at An My Commune in Phu My District. However, life remains difficult for them; to build a new house costs tens of millions, while the State only assists each family with VND10 million (US$526).


Binh Dinh People’s Committee has arranged resettlement for nearly 2,300 households in the province. However, they reported difficulties implementing this plan, due to a lack of capital.


Effective solution


The first flood-prevention houses in the central region were built in Ngu Hanh Son District of Danang City. Each two-story home was built solidly on 300 square meters and include a bathroom, reading room, kitchen and container that can hold 1,000 liters of fresh water.

A flood-prevention house in Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City (Photo: SGGP)

Last year, when local people rushed to these houses to avoid floods, rescuers easily delivered rice and instant noodles to each house using motorboats.


The Central Natural Disasters Relief Fund has sponsored construction of 21 works to prevent natural disasters in low-lying areas in 10 central provinces and cities, said the fund director Nguyen Dang Lam.


The houses are used not only for avoiding floods, but also for other activities including musical performances, medical checks and treatment and teaching.


The fund will continue financing the building of another 30 works, including 15 flood-prevention houses in the region this year, Lam revealed.


On the other hand, Nguyen Thi Tuyet Mai from Quang Binh Province said that the State should provide residents with loans to rebuild or reinforce their houses, which would ease the local authorities’ pressure to evacuate residents during storm and flood seasons.

Source: SGGP

Regularly flooded locality successfully grows new adaptable variety of rice

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 at 9:22 am

A new variety of rice suitable for fields that flood regularly during rainy season has been successfully grown in trials in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

Agricultural officials observe crops of hybrid rice that flourishes amid floods and yields high outputs in Quang Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue Province (Photo: nong nghiep)

Hoang Thong, head of the agriculture, forestry and fishing promotion station in Quang Dien District said that after trial harvests at three cooperatives within the district, the hybrid rice QH5 shows outstanding strength with a high resistance to falling amid flooded fields.


The new rice, a hybrid from three high-quality varieties originated in China, grows with long blooms, big grains, wide limbs, and large, strong stems, suitable for local soil and weather conditions.


The QH5 rice variety also brings higher yields than normal varieties (1000-1500 kilograms/hectare), but has not yet been produced in mass quantity due to the high cost of its seeds.

Source: SGGP

110 rescued from flooded China mine

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

BEIJING (AFP) – More than 110 workers were pulled out of a Chinese coal mine Monday over a week after being trapped by flooding, in what has been hailed as a miracle rescue in the notoriously dangerous industry.


So far, 114 workers have been brought out alive from the half-built Wangjialing mine in Shanxi province and taken to hospital for treatment, state television and the Xinhua news agency reported.

Mine workers and rescuers wait to go down the entrance to the Wangjialing coal mine that flooded eight days ago in northern China’s Shanxi province. (AFP/File)

The news from Shanxi, where 153 workers became trapped when the state-owned mine flooded on March 28, was a rare bright spot for an industry known for its poor safety records and more than 2,600 deaths last year.


“How fantastic to be on ground again,” Xinhua quoted one 27-year-old survivor as saying.


The head of the State Administration of Work Safety, Luo Lin, told China Central Television he was excited about the “two miracles” after the accident, which authorities blamed on lax safety standards at the mine.


“The first is that these trapped people have made it through eight days and eight nights — this is the miracle of life. Secondly our rescue plan has been effective — this is a miracle in China’s search and rescue history,” Luo said.


Shanxi governor Wang Jun said there was “still a possibility” that 38 others could be saved, according to the China News Service. The fate of the last worker in the massive pit remained unclear.


CCTV showed survivors being brought out of the pit one after another, strapped to stretchers and wrapped in green blankets. Towels covered their eyes and blackened faces to protect them from lights after so long underground.


Groups of rescue workers wearing blue and orange jumpsuits loaded them into scores of awaiting ambulances, while medical personnel dressed in white administered intravenous drips and oxygen.


Provincial Communist party chief Zhang Baoshun said he was told that most of the survivors were in stable condition, and could speak, Xinhua said.


Most of the survivors were rescued from a platform above which rescuers had drilled a hole last week, ensuring those trapped had oxygen, the report said. Glucose was also sent down to the workers.


Many were nevertheless severely dehydrated, and doctors also feared gas poisoning from the bad air in the shaft, CCTV said.


The Beijing News quoted rescue workers as saying they had seen bodies in the mine, but no details were given.


“I have not slept for several days,” black-faced rescuer Wei Fusheng told state television as he wept with joy. “Our efforts have not been in vain.”


Footage of the rescue scenes in Shanxi, China’s coal producing heartland, played throughout the day as the country marked its annual “grave sweeping day,” a national holiday to mourn the dead.


Thousands of people lined the road from the mine, applauding as ambulances carrying the first survivors rushed past, Xinhua said.


“I have two daughters and a son. I had to do mining work to earn money for them,” said a 45-year-old survivor being treated in hospital.


At least 3,000 rescuers had been racing against time to pump water out of the mine. Rescuers only entered the shaft at the weekend but said there was more water than anticipated.


On Sunday night, a team of 100 rescue workers descended into the mine again and discovered the first nine survivors two hours later, before a second team was sent in. Up to 300 rescuers were in the pit by mid-morning Monday.


The accident occurred when workers apparently dug into an older adjacent mine that had been shut down and filled with water, press reports have said.


The work safety watchdog blamed the accident on the mine owner, the Huajin Coking Coal Company, which failed to heed repeated warnings that water was accumulating in the pit days before the disaster.


Workers had also been ordered to step up the pace of work in order to ensure that coal production began by October this year, the safety watchdog said.


Safety is often ignored in China’s collieries in the quest for quick profits and the drive to meet surging demand for coal — the source of about 70 percent of the country’s energy.


Last week was disastrous for China’s mining sector, with five separate accidents from the far-western Xinjiang region to the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. A total of 37 people were killed and 70 remain missing.

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Source: SGGP

110 rescued from flooded China mine

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 9:22 am

BEIJING (AFP) – More than 110 workers were pulled out of a Chinese coal mine Monday over a week after being trapped by flooding, in what has been hailed as a miracle rescue in the notoriously dangerous industry.


So far, 114 workers have been brought out alive from the half-built Wangjialing mine in Shanxi province and taken to hospital for treatment, state television and the Xinhua news agency reported.

Mine workers and rescuers wait to go down the entrance to the Wangjialing coal mine that flooded eight days ago in northern China’s Shanxi province. (AFP/File)

The news from Shanxi, where 153 workers became trapped when the state-owned mine flooded on March 28, was a rare bright spot for an industry known for its poor safety records and more than 2,600 deaths last year.


“How fantastic to be on ground again,” Xinhua quoted one 27-year-old survivor as saying.


The head of the State Administration of Work Safety, Luo Lin, told China Central Television he was excited about the “two miracles” after the accident, which authorities blamed on lax safety standards at the mine.


“The first is that these trapped people have made it through eight days and eight nights — this is the miracle of life. Secondly our rescue plan has been effective — this is a miracle in China’s search and rescue history,” Luo said.


Shanxi governor Wang Jun said there was “still a possibility” that 38 others could be saved, according to the China News Service. The fate of the last worker in the massive pit remained unclear.


CCTV showed survivors being brought out of the pit one after another, strapped to stretchers and wrapped in green blankets. Towels covered their eyes and blackened faces to protect them from lights after so long underground.


Groups of rescue workers wearing blue and orange jumpsuits loaded them into scores of awaiting ambulances, while medical personnel dressed in white administered intravenous drips and oxygen.


Provincial Communist party chief Zhang Baoshun said he was told that most of the survivors were in stable condition, and could speak, Xinhua said.


Most of the survivors were rescued from a platform above which rescuers had drilled a hole last week, ensuring those trapped had oxygen, the report said. Glucose was also sent down to the workers.


Many were nevertheless severely dehydrated, and doctors also feared gas poisoning from the bad air in the shaft, CCTV said.


The Beijing News quoted rescue workers as saying they had seen bodies in the mine, but no details were given.


“I have not slept for several days,” black-faced rescuer Wei Fusheng told state television as he wept with joy. “Our efforts have not been in vain.”


Footage of the rescue scenes in Shanxi, China’s coal producing heartland, played throughout the day as the country marked its annual “grave sweeping day,” a national holiday to mourn the dead.


Thousands of people lined the road from the mine, applauding as ambulances carrying the first survivors rushed past, Xinhua said.


“I have two daughters and a son. I had to do mining work to earn money for them,” said a 45-year-old survivor being treated in hospital.


At least 3,000 rescuers had been racing against time to pump water out of the mine. Rescuers only entered the shaft at the weekend but said there was more water than anticipated.


On Sunday night, a team of 100 rescue workers descended into the mine again and discovered the first nine survivors two hours later, before a second team was sent in. Up to 300 rescuers were in the pit by mid-morning Monday.


The accident occurred when workers apparently dug into an older adjacent mine that had been shut down and filled with water, press reports have said.


The work safety watchdog blamed the accident on the mine owner, the Huajin Coking Coal Company, which failed to heed repeated warnings that water was accumulating in the pit days before the disaster.


Workers had also been ordered to step up the pace of work in order to ensure that coal production began by October this year, the safety watchdog said.


Safety is often ignored in China’s collieries in the quest for quick profits and the drive to meet surging demand for coal — the source of about 70 percent of the country’s energy.


Last week was disastrous for China’s mining sector, with five separate accidents from the far-western Xinjiang region to the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. A total of 37 people were killed and 70 remain missing.

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Source: SGGP

Students electrocuted in flooded street

In Vietnam Society on September 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Three eighth-grade students, from Ly Phong secondary school in District 5, were seriously injured after being electrocuted on August 31 when they were travelling past a public lighting pillar that was leaking electricity while the street was flooded. The event occurred near Tran Hung Dao – Nguyen Bieu crossroads in the district.








A lighting pillar leaks electricity killing an eighth-grade student (Photo: SGGP)

Co Quoc Duy died immediately and two others were rushed to hospital.


An Binh Hospital September 2 said that they had been discharged from hospital.


The event mirrors an incident five months ago in Au Co Street, Tan Binh District, which became flooded after heavy rains and an electric cable snapped and fell on a 22 year old woman who was travelling by motorcycle at that time.


City residents are becoming more concerned about the dangers of poor infrastructure in the city, with people finding it increasingly hard to avoid “traps” near road works that have been carried out unsafely, leaving a lot of pot holes and stones on the street.


Public opinion has warned many times about dangers from the city’s current electrical system, with its ‘web-like’ cables everywhere.


City residents want the electricity industry and relevant authorities to draft solutions to prevent such incidents from occurring again, especially during periods when streets can become flooded.


Source: SGGP