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Central provinces ready to cope with severer flooding

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

The Central Committee of Floods and Storm Prevention and Control on Sunday afternoon sent an urgent dispatch to central provinces, asking them to be ready for more heavy flooding in their area.

Central residents suffer huge damage on human and properties caused by floods in recent months (Photo: SGGP)

The order came as the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that floodwaters in central provinces of Phu Yen to Khanh Hoa are continuing to rise.

On tomorrow morning, flood levels on some rivers in these areas would peak alarming levels 2 and 3, the center forecasted.

According to the committee’s dispatch, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, and Ninh Thuan provinces and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak should prepare to evacuate residents in low-lying, riverside and coastal areas.

Hydropower plants and irrigation reservoirs should only release water in urgent case in order not to cause flooding for the lowlands.

Police officials should monitor flooded areas, especially near wharfs and underground roads to guide people to travel safely.

Local authorities have also been instructed to regularly report the committee and the National Committee for Research and Rescue about the flood condition.

In related news, on Sunday morning, Sai Gon Giai Phong Newspaper coordinated with Phu Yen Newspaper to give 500 presents worth VND300,000 each to flood-hit residents in Da Loc and Xuan Lanh communes, Dong Xuan District, Phu Yen Province.

In recent floods, the two communes had two people dead and five homes collapsed and 70 hectares of crops inundated, leaving a total damage of VND5 billion (US$250,000).

Source: SGGP

Two year old girl lost in flooding night but still alive!

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 6:56 am

Central flooding kills 144 people, causes $401 million

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 8:51 am

Central region suffers ongoing misery by flooding

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 8:51 am

Army units active in helping people in flooding

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Volunteers help people overcome aftermath of flooding

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Volunteers help people overcome aftermath of flooding

QĐND – Thursday, October 28, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Nearly 30,000 volunteers have taken part in various activities to help people in flood-stricken areas in the central province of Ha Tinh.

The provincial Youth Union has sent 85 groups of young volunteers, mainly students from the Vinh University, the Ha Tinh University and other colleges in the province, to clean up the environment in schools and clinics, and help local people return their lives to normal.

So far, the Union has handed over VND4.7 billion from donators to flood victims.

The organisation has also received an additional VND3 billion raised by youth unions to help people in flooded areas, and will send it to the victims as soon as possible.

Source: Tien Phong

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Mekong Delta residents look forward to flooding

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

Paddy fields in the Mekong Delta annually receive Mekong River floodwaters as from July but the provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap have not seen this yet. Local residents are suffering from this phenomenon.

Mekong Delta residents travel by boats during last year’s flood season, begining late July. The flood season has yet arrived this year (Photo: SGGP)

At present, water levels on the Tien and Hau rivers are 0.58 -1.06 meters upstream, clearly lower than those in the same period last year, according to reports from An Giang.

In Dong Thap, boats have been strenuous to travel on some canals inner Thuong Phuoc 1 and 2 fields.

Local residents’ concern

A host of residents in Dong Thap Province have expressed anxiety as they should have exploited an abundant source of seafood during the flood season, which has yet arrived.

People upstream have met a lot of difficulties as their earnings mainly rely on catching seafood, bringing them about VND70,000-100,000 a day, said Nguyen Thi Tron, from Hong Ngu town’s Binh Thanh District said.

According to Binh Thanh Commune People’s Committee, several households have spent tens of millions of dong on equipping means to catch seafood. However, their facilities have been blanketed as floodwaters have not visited their fields.

The late flood season has also hold on seafood farming as local residents in  provinces like An Giang, Dong Thap and Kien Giang have lamented that they could not raise fish and shrimps due to a shortage of water.

Related article:
Delta trade villages look forward to floods

Source: SGGP

China flooding kills 701, worst toll in a decade

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm

More than 1,000 people have died or disappeared in severe flooding in China so far this year, and the heaviest rains are still to come, a senior official warned Wednesday.

This year’s floods, which have caused tens of billions of dollars in damage already, have exacted the highest death toll since 1998, which saw the highest water levels in 50 years.

In this Tuesday, July 20, 2010 photo, a street lamp is partially emerged by the flooded Yangtze River in southwest China’s Chongqing city.

With the typhoon season rolling in, Liu Ning, general secretary of the government’s flood prevention agency, told a news conference authorities must ramp up preparations.

“Since 60 to 80 percent of the annual rain level occurs in June, July and August, we should be prepared to prevent and combat potential disasters,” Liu said.

Tropical storm Chanthu is expected to hit China’s southern island of Hainan and Guangdong province this weekend. Six to eight typhoons are expected this year.

Already, three-quarters of China’s provinces have been plagued by flooding and 25 rivers have seen record-high water levels, Liu said.

Flooding, particularly along the Yangtze River basin, has overwhelmed reservoirs, swamped towns and cities, and caused landslides that have smothered communities, including toppling 645,000 houses. The Three Gorges Dam faced its highest levels ever this week and water breached the massive dam.

“Although water levels in the upper stretches of the Yangtze River have surpassed that of 1998, the flood situation is still not as severe because the Three Gorges Dam has played a key role in preventing floods along the river this year,” Liu said.

The waters have killed 701 people and left 347 missing. The overall damage totals 142.2 billion yuan ($21 billion), Liu said.

Source: SGGP

90 dead in southern China flooding; 1.4M evacuated may co nhan vien trong cty a noi vay

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 8:33 am

The death toll from flooding this week in southern China rose to 90 Saturday, and 1.4 million people were evacuated as the inundated region prepared for more heavy storms.

Fifty people were also missing in nine provinces and regions across China’s south, the state flood control office said. Water levels have surged passed safe levels in dozens of rivers, including the Pearl River in the heart of China’s manufacturing region.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, 5.5 million people had been affected by flooding, the office said.

Its deputy director said more than 1.4 million residents had been moved from low-lying areas since Thursday, the China Daily newspaper reported.

In this Friday, June 18, 2010 photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, soldiers transfer an old woman trapped by the flood water at Songxi Town of Qingliu County, southeast China’s Fujian Province

Thirty-five people died in landslides caused by heavy rain, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday. The flood control office told The Associated Press it was not clear if that number was included in the overall death toll.

Xinhua cited local officials and said 25 of the landslide deaths occurred late Friday in the eastern province of Fujian.

The National Meteorological Center warned of heavy rains in the region until Sunday afternoon.

Strong storms have collapsed reservoirs, overflowed rivers, caused landslides and power outages, and damaged highways, the disaster relief agency website said.

China Daily reported nine local officials in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region had been punished for dereliction of duty in flood work, including a reservoir monitor caught playing poker.

China’s rainy season, which began in May, follows the worst drought in a century for the southern Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi regions. Drought affected 61 million people, leaving millions without drinking water and 12 million acres (5 million hectares) barren since last year.

Source: SGGP

40 places in Hanoi susceptible to serious flooding

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

40 places in Hanoi susceptible to serious flooding

QĐND – Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Water Drainage Company said 40 “hot spots” in the city were at serious risk of flooding during the coming rainy season.

Nguyen Anh Tu, the company’s spokesperson, said heavy prolonged rainfall of 50 mm or more would inundate the city’s drainage system and flood low-lying parts of the city.

“The inner city’s drainage system flows through either Thinh Liet Dam to the Nhue River or Yen Son Pumping Station to the Hong River . However, Thinh Liet Dam has been temporarily closed because of pollution in the Nhue River and this affects the system’s capacity,” Tu said.

Tu also said that the worst-affected areas would be Le Duan, Truong Chinh-Ton That Tung-Nga Tu So, Nguyen Trai, Giai Phong and Ba Trieu-Nguyen Du streets.

Nguyen Le, the company’s director, said the city’s drainage system was inadequate and that the sewerage system needed to be upgraded.

The sewerage system covered just 60 percent of the length of roads in the city and 29 percent of the length of the lanes. Many were reportedly blocked or in a state of disrepair.

The construction of new urban areas was aggravating the problem.

According to Le, a number of construction projects had actually encroached on the existing drainage system. He cited the examples of the Yen Son Canal , which had its width reduced from 20m to 3m and Hao Nam-Yen Lang Canal , which was reduced from 5m to 1.5m.

As a temporary measure, Tu said his company was dredging waterways in flood-prone areas.

The company is also working with the municipal Department of Transport to build sewerage systems along Nguyen Van Cu, Tran Khanh Du, Thuy Khue, Hong Mai, Lang Ha, Ngoc Hoi-Giai Phong, Nguyen Tuan-Le Van Luong streets before the height of the rainy season in July.

Hanoi is in the second place of its 550 million USD irrigation master plan to upgrade the city’s seweverage system.

As part of the plan, Yen Son Pumping Station’s capacity will be increased from 45 cu.m of water per second to 90cu. per second. In addition, two wastewater treatment stations will be built in Thong Nhat Park and Tran Phu commune in Hoang Mai district.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND