Five dead, 15 missing in floods in northern mountainous localities

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]

Flood in Muong La district, Son La province. Flash floods and landslides claim one life and damaged houses, roads and farm produce in northern localities. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Heavy rain in Muong La district, the northern mountainous province of Son La damaged houses, roads and farm produce. Flash floods and landslides claimed one life, two injured and seven missing and damaged 42 houses. The provincial People’s Committee ordered Muong La district to evacuate local people from landslide prone areas to safer places and to follow weather forecasts. Torrential downpours on August 2 and 3 triggered landslides in Mu Cang Chai town, Mu Cang Chai district, the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai. At least seven people were reported missing while 17 houses were damaged, including seven in Lao Chai commune and 10 in Mu Cang Chai town. Landslides also temporarily halted traffic in the district. Local authorities are conducting search and rescue missions and tackling the aftermath of the rains. Meanwhile, at least two people went missing in landslides in Muong Te district, the northern province of Lai Chau. They were reportedly buried under rubble while they travelled to a rice field. Their bodies had not been recovered as of 11am on August 2. The rain swept away local residents’ rice, poultry and cattle. -VNA... [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]

Corn is the main crop in the northern mountainous province of Son La, thus, improving yield and quality so that domestic corn products can compete with imports is one of the most important missions for the authorities of the province as well as Vietnam. Reducing import prices and slow development of corn production in the country put farmers in a hard place RELATED CONTENTS: Northern Vietnamese corn farmers find way to sustainable development An Giang farmers switch over to new-generation corn plants New generation corn turns around countryside poverty Monsanto delivers innovative technology to help corn farmers yield high production Grilled corn - A winter snack of Hanoians Vietnam’s corn problems Recently, the Department of Crop Production (DCP) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development hosted a workshop on “Sustainable development of corn in northern Vietnam” in the northern mountainous province of Son La, with the aim of drawing up solutions for restructuring and development of corn production in the northern provinces. The acreage of corn crop accounts for more than a half of the total agricultural land because corn has been defined as the main crop in Son La province. Although it has brought about huge financial benefits for farmers, recently, the decrease in price of imported corn has…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Singer Bui Bich Phuong has completed a music project called “Viet Nam – Viet Nam” that praises the beauty of the country and its culture. Traditional culture: Singer Bui Bich Phuong’s Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me) features images of Vietnamese landscapes and culture. — Still photo taken from video “My team and I want to introduce our country’s landscape and culture to young Vietnamese, especially those overseas,” said the 27-year-old. The project includes three music videos with songs that contain melodies that combine traditional Vietnamese music and pop and dance music. One video, titled Noi Thuong Nhau Thi Dung Lam Trai Tim Em Dau (If You Love Me, Don’t Hurt Me), was released four days ago, earning more than 370,000 views on YouTube. The song was composed by Pham Thanh Ha, who is popular for songs influenced by traditional music. “I know the song’s title looks weird and does not highlight my project, but its melody is great. It’s a harmony between the [ethnic minority] Red Dao’s music and pop music,” Phuong said.   The video is about a love between a Kinh woman and a Red Dao man, and a Red Dao traditional wedding. Directed by Khuong Vu, the video captures landscapes at the Ban Gioc Waterfall in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. Phuong said that her team loved the music, costumes and traditions of the Red Dao. “I want to make impressive…... [read more]

1. The fighting-cock market This market is in the town of Bac Ha in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai has been operating for a few years to serve those who love cock-fighting. Many people come here to not sell or buy game-cocks but to show off their cocks. The price for fighting cocks is from VND1 to VND2 million (US$50-US$100). 2. The dog-cat market in HCM City The Le Hong Phong dog-cat market was formed in District 10 in 1990, with a few stalls only. In 2000, the pet dog stalls at Cau Muoi Market in District 1 were removed to this market, making a big one. All species of dogs and cats are available at this market, with prices from several to thousands of US dollars. Stolen dogs and cats are also sold at the market so people come here to find their pets. 3. The war-items market The market was formed in Hanoi a few months ago. This flea market opened on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th of lunar months. In addition to antiques, old furniture of all kinds, things left from the Vietnam War such as bombshell, bullet boxes, uniforms ... are also available, at a price from several to tens of thousands USD. 4. The wood chip market This market is located in the northern province of Bac Ninh stretches on the dike road of nearly 2 km long leading to the village of Dong Ky, the richest village in the…... [read more]

Reviewing the contest entitled “Becoming well-off on their own land”, VOV said that last year it received about 1,000 dramas sent from across the country, of which 20 were selected for the finals. The jury presented one first, two second, three third and 10 consolation prizes to winning writers. According to Le Truong Kien, deputy director of the News and Current Affairs Channel (VOV1), the contest attracted great attention from people of all social strata, including farmers, workers, teachers, war veterans, pensioners and artists. He said besides stories about crop and livestock restructuring, many entries looked at burning issues in rural areas such as the prevention of bird flu, blue-ear and foot-and-mouth diseases, environmental pollution in craft villages, food hygiene and safety and the lives of displaced farmers. The organisers selected 50 dramas for programming, edited the winning works and published them in books so that farmers might replicate successful models. The aired dramas were performed in the vernacular of the countryside, and attracted a large number of listeners, mostly farmers. Nguyen Van Tro, a listener in May Duong village, Thuan Chau district of the northern mountainous province of Son La, said at the awards ceremony that a group of listeners was established in the village after VOV launched the contest. “At 05.30 and 13.05 every Saturday, the group members gather at the village’s cultural house to listen to stories, discuss the business models and answer the organising board’s questions,” said Tro. Vien Ruu Uan, another listener from the north-central…... [read more]

The programme, broadcast live on the VTV1 channel and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), was aimed at highlighting collectives and individuals who are awarded the title of ‘Labour Hero’ during the country’s renewal process and businesspeople who have made substantial contributions to community development. The top ten role-models were selected from various sectors as ‘ordinary but noble examples’. They included Prof. Dr. Pham Gia Khai, President of the Vietnam National Heart Association, who has spent a lifetime conducting research and promoting the importance of public health and Pham Van Mat, director of the Vang Danh coal company who has always tried to improve workers’ living conditions. Among others were village elder KSor H’Lam who has devoted herself to helping ethnic minority people in the central highland province of Gia Lai rebuild their lives, and two young border guards, Nguyen Xuan Thuyet and Nguyen Huu Cuong, who have enabled ethnic minority children in the central province of Quang Tri to study at school. Phan Phu Lin, a Dao ethnic from the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, was also praised for changing the old cultivation methods of planting wet rice. Despite the harsh weather and poor working and living conditions. Mai Son, former Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, was awarded for his part in the building of more than 760 bridges and 700km of road in rural areas. Other role models were Mai Bao, a teacher in the central province of…... [read more]

The figure is expected to reach 50,000 annually in the following five years. The package, approved by the Government in late April, will be test-run in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai and the central provinces of Thanh Hoa and Quang Ngai. The Head of the Department for Overseas Workers Management, Nguyen Ngoc Quynh, told reporters on May 12 that the project will fully cover the costs of refresher courses in literacy, foreign languages and occupational skills. Qualified workers will have access to bank loans with interest rates equal to just half the rates set by the Social Welfare Bank to help them pay procedural fees if they are interested in the scheme. The vocational training workshops, selected by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) for the project will receive soft credits to expand their workshops and dormitories and upgrade their teaching equipment. In addition, the project will focus on support activities for former guest workers such as consultancy advice on how to invest their earnings from overseas jobs as well as training courses for those who want to start up business at home. Certain target groups will also be provided with employment information. MOLISA reported that from these poorest districts, the number of workers employed overseas for the 2006-07 period was estimated at just 5,000, accounting for less than 3 percent of all guest workers nationwide.... [read more]

The project will benefit people from the northern mountainous provinces of Lai Chau and Dien Bien, and the central provinces of Ha Tinh and Dak Lak. Addressing the inauguration ceremony on May 11, the Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Eakar district in Dak Lak, Nguyen Hong Thuan, said he believed that the service will help ethnic Ede people to better understand administrative procedures and address the difficulties they sometimes encouter. H’rec, a woman from Eadar commune, said that the service will be very useful because many Ede people cannot speak the Kinh language fluently. The information gate also serves as a source of reference for communal officials when necessary, said the project’s coordinator Ta Van Tuan, who added that AAV may add other languages to the service. The gate was launched at the end of 2007 to provide information on administrative procedures initially in three ethnic languages: Kinh, H’mong and Thai. Users only need to dial 19001715 to receive detailed instructions about administrative procedures in four languages.... [read more]

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