17 dead, 12 missing in floods in Yen Bai, Son La provinces

Vietnam Red Cross pays heed to disaster prevention (Illustrative image. Source: VNA) Ninh Binh (VNA) – Effective disaster prevention models of the Vietnam Red Cross (VRC) were introduced at a conference held in the northern province of Ninh Binh on August 4. According to Director of the VRC’s disaster management department Tran Quoc Hung, the association has carried out community-based natural disaster risk management activities across 36 cities and provinces, including the evaluation of vulnerability and response capacity for over 300 communes and wards. It has also planted over 24,000 hectares of mangrove and watershed forests in 11 provinces while building more than 27,500 houses, one fifth of which are resistant to calamities. From 2005 to 2015, the association provided emergency aid worth 4.5 trillion VND (198 million USD) for 22.2 million people. In 2016, the VRC implemented a number of cooperation projects on natural disaster prevention and response, including five with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It has one project and a long-term cooperation agreement framework with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and one mangrove forest planting project sponsored by the Japanese Red Cross Society. The VRC has focused on building disaster response forces at national, provincial and district levels and those based on the community as well as boosting connectivity with global counterparts.-VNA... [read more]

Floods wash away roads and houses in Muong La district of Son La province (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered authorities of northern mountainous provinces along with relevant agencies and ministries to augment efforts in response to torrential rains and floods wreaking havoc in the region over the last few days. Widespread heavy rains have been reported across mountainous and midland provinces in northern Vietnam. Flash floods and landslides in some areas caused heavy human and property losses, especially in Muong La district of Son La province and Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai province. In his written order, the PM requested provincial People’s Committees, particularly of Yen Bai and Son La, to continue capitalising on local forces to search for missing people and address flood consequences, evacuate residents from flood- and landslide-prone areas, and ensure food supply for locals. The National Committee for Search and Rescue, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Security were told to deploy their local forces to assist search and rescue activities and help localities overcome flood consequences. While the Transport Ministry has to support the provinces to ensure traffic safety in areas with landslides, the Health Ministry must direct grassroots medical staff to provide free healthcare examination and treatment for the injured and help local residents ensure post-flood environmental hygiene. The centre for hydro-meteorological forecasting, directed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, must continue keeping…... [read more]

At least five people were killed and 15 others went missing during downpours and floods in several northern mountainous provinces (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – At least five people were killed and 15 others went missing during downpours and floods in several northern mountainous provinces from August 1-3. The victims are from Bac Kan, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Son La provinces, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported on August 3. Torrential rains also damaged 87 houses, submerged 5 hectares of farming land, swept away 61 heads of cattle and poultry, and triggered landslides on national and provincial roads in the localities. Local authorities visited families of the victims and mobilised forces to help residents in the flood-hit areas overcome consequences caused by the natural disasters and stabilise their lives.   The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on August 2 asked provincial steering boards for natural disaster prevention, search and rescue to keep a close watch on the development of downpours and floods and update all-level authorities and people on the situation to take timely response measures. The provincial steering boards and hydroelectricity companies of Son La, Hoa Binh and Tuyen Quang were also requested to ensure safety of reservoirs.-VNA... [read more]

A delegation of the Vietnamese Consulate General in Khon Kaen, Thailand, on August 2 visited Vietnamese families in Thailand’s northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon province affected by the recent floods.  Flooding in Thailand  Sharing flood-triggered losses of the overseas Vietnamese, Consul General Nguyen Ngoc Son noted his hope that they will promptly overcome consequences of the floods and stabilise their lives.  On this occasion, Son handed over a fund in support the flood victims to the Vietnamese Association in Sakon Nakhon.  The same day, the Vietnamese Association in Nongbua Lamphu province and the 2002 Women Association in Khon Kaen province presented 179,000 baht (roughly 5,400 USD) to Vietnamese flood victims in Sakon Nakhon.  Over the past days, Vietnamese across Thailand raised about 500,000 baht (15,000 USD) to support flood victims in the locality.  It is estimated that about 400 Vietnamese families in Sakon Nakhon affected by the floods, the worst in the past nearly 40 years causing losses estimated at more than 4 million USD. According to the Thai natural disaster prevention and mitigation agency, heavy and torrential rains from July 5-August 2 flooded more than 7,700 villages in 44 provinces. The flood has receded in 34 provinces, however ten others, mainly in the northeastern region, are still battling severe floods. At least 14 people were killed and almost 252,000 families in 4,609 villages were affected. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on August 2 inspected flooding situation in Sakon Nakhon province. Troops and relief activities have been deployed to overcome the…... [read more]

The Natural Disaster Prevention, Recue and Search of Yen Bai and Son La also reported at least 17 people were dead and missing due to flashflood in the localities.   A flashflood suddenly occurred in the area of Khau Pha mountain pass, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province at 5:30 am today.  Initial statistics showed that at least seven people were missing and 17 houses completely destroyed due to torrential rain, flashflood and landslide. According to Director of the Yen Bai Hydrology Meteorology Forecast Center Lo Huy Hoan, the bad situation was due to an impact of powerful operation of tropical- low pressure trough and low turbulence in the northern region.  At moment, floodwater on Nam Kim River of Mu Cang Chai district has rapidly increased at 940.43 meters this morning.  Another flashflood appeared in Muong La district of the northern mountainous province of Son La at 5am today.   Around 100 households near the dangerous zone must move to safer places.   The Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention, Recue and Search of Muong La district reported that downpour caused flashflood in the district, destroyed houses, traffic roads and vegetable crops.  By 9am, one  dead, seven missing and two injured were reported after the downpour and flashflood in Muong La district. The torrential rain, landslide and flashflood also caused serious damages to property and people in Bac Kan, Lai Chai and Dien Bien.  Local authorities visited and supported the…... [read more]

NDO – Heavy rain, flash floods and landslides in the northern mountainous provinces from early August have claimed five lives, caused 15 missing persons and damaged 87 houses as of Thursday afternoon, announced the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control on August 3. Reports from offices of local Steering Committees for Natural Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue in Bac Kan, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Son La showed that floods occurred from August 1- 3 in the provinces and have thus created landslides with a volume of 25,889 m3 on national highways and 16,137 m3 on provincial roads. The National Highway No. 32 is still suffering from traffic jams due to 200 m3 of mud from the landslide. Damage assessment and statistics are still under review. Immediately after the disasters, local authorities visited victims' families and mobilised forces to help local people overcome the consequences and stabilise their lives and restore traffic at areas suffering from landslides. According to the Irrigation and Dam Safety Management Department under the Directorate of Water Resources (the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), water reservoirs are generally operated in accordance with regulation. Reservoirs’ level in the North is at 55-70% of their designed capacity, the North Central at 70-75%, the South Central and the Central Highlands at 60-75% and the South East at 45-55%. At present, the reservoirs are being operated in accordance with regulation and under constant watch around the clock. All hydropower reservoirs have closed all their…... [read more]

Flooding in Thailand (Source: Bangkok Post)   Bangkok (VNA) – A delegation of the Vietnamese Consulate General in Khon Kaen, Thailand, on August 2 visited Vietnamese families in Thailand’s northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon province affected by the recent floods. Sharing flood-triggered losses of the overseas Vietnamese, Consul General Nguyen Ngoc Son noted his hope that they will promptly overcome consequences of the floods and stabilise their lives. On this occasion, Son handed over a fund in support the flood victims to the Vietnamese Association in Sakon Nakhon. The same day, the Vietnamese Association in Nongbua Lamphu province and the 2002 Women Association in Khon Kaen province presented 179,000 baht (roughly 5,400 USD) to Vietnamese flood victims in Sakon Nakhon. Over the past days, Vietnamese across Thailand raised about 500,000 baht (15,000 USD) to support flood victims in the locality. It is estimated that about 400 Vietnamese families in Sakon Nakhon affected by the floods, the worst in the past nearly 40 years causing losses estimated at more than 4 million USD. [Sympathies to Thailand on flood-triggered property losses] According to the Thai natural disaster prevention and mitigation agency, heavy and torrential rains from July 5-August 2 flooded more than 7,700 villages in 44 provinces. The flood has receded in 34 provinces, however ten others, mainly in the northeastern region, are still battling severe floods. At least 14 people were killed and almost 252,000 families…... [read more]

Mr. Carlos Agostinho do Rosario visited and laid a wreath at Martyr’s Monument and President Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. After the solemn welcoming ceremony, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a talking with the Mozambican leader. PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that this is the first official visit of the Mozambican Prime Minister to Vietnam, considered as a turning point for the relationship of the two nations since former President Truong Tan Sang visited Mozambique in March, 2016.  Mozambique PM expressed his admiration for the history of Vietnam's national liberation struggle, and appreciated Vietnam's achievements in the country’s building and development. In parallel, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc congratulated socio- economic achievements as well as reform efforts of Mozambique in the previous time, especially the country overcame difficulties in 2015- 2016.  For politics, both sides agreed to maintain exchange of high- ranking delegations, collaboration and support each other in the international forum.  On the same day, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested that Mozambique would  support Vietnam to stand for election of member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2020 – 2021 tenure, and the Director General of UNESCO in the 2017 – 2021 tenure. For the trade and investment cooperation, the leaders expressed their pleasure at good cooperation result of telecommunication service- Movitel between Viettel and Mozambique’s SPI Company, and cooperation projects of research and development of food and foodstuff crops in Mozambique. Mozambique also desired that the military telecommunications group Viettel…... [read more]

The agreement was reached at talks on August 1 in Hanoi between Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Mozambican counterpart. PM Phuc asked Mozambique to support Vietnam’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure and Vietnam’s candidate for the post of UNESCO Director-General for the 2017-2021 tenure. Prime Minister Rosario said his nation wants Viettel Corporation to expand its services to the southeastern African country and urged Vietnam’s businesses to cover trade, oil and gas, marine transportation, agricultural and sea food processing.  Mozambique is expected to become a leading partner of Vietnam in southern Sahara, Africa, while Vietnam will act as a bridge to connect Mozambique with the Southeast Asian region. Vietnam is willing to share experiences in natural disaster prevention, weather forecasting, climate change response, education and training, and security and defense, and wants Mozambique to facilitate Vietnamese businesses to open bonded warehouses, develop distribution channels, and complete a regulatory framework for foreign investors. The two leaders said they hope Mozambique will become Vietnam’s top partner in Sub-Saharan Africa and Vietnam will help connect Mozambique with Southeast Asia.  The two PMs witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on wildlife protection and an agreement on aviation transportation.  ... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario meet with the press after their talks (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Mozambique’s Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has called upon Vietnamese businesses to engage more in trade, oil and gas, marine transport, and processing farm produce and seafood to soon realise the trade target set by the two countries’ leaders. Rosario, who is paying an official visit to Vietnam for the first time from July 31 to August 3, made the appeal during his talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on August 1. The host described the visit as an important milestone in the bilateral relations after the visit to Mozambique by former President Truong Tan Sang in March 2016. The two Government leaders expressed their satisfaction at the growing traditional friendship between Vietnam and Mozambique. Regarding political ties, they agreed to maintain delegation exchanges at all levels while coordinating and supporting each other at international forums. They discussed challenges in security, politics and economics along with regional and global issues of mutual concerns.   [Mozambican PM’s Vietnam visit to enhance bilateral ties] The two sides pledged to contribute to the maintenance of peace and cooperation in the region and beyond on the basis of respecting international law and addressing any disputes via peaceful means and in line with international law. PM Phuc proposed Mozambique support Vietnam to become a non-permanent member…... [read more]




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