Speaking at the conference, representatives of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Health, Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue, and People’s Committees of Chuong My, Quoc Oai and My Duc provided full information of recent heavy rain and effort of the authorities and people for flooding prevention and control, as well as activities to overcome flooding consequences and stablize people’s lives.
Over 4.600 households are inundated with water
According to Do Duc Thinh, Head of the Ha Noi Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue, Ha Noi witnessed heavy rain from July 17th to August 8th. Ung Hoa district recorded highest rainfall (566mm), and Lang recorded the lowest rainfall (309.5mm). Average rainfall of Ha Noi was 403.9mm. By the end of July, average rainfall of Ha Noi was 1,110,4mm.
Due to the severe rainfall and heavy rain in nearby provinces (Hoa Binh, Son La and Lai Chau), several suburban districts of Ha Noi were flooded. Over 4,425 hectares of rice were totally flooded, and another 5,167 hectares were seriously flooded; over 519 hectares of crops were severely damaged, and over 270 hectares were partially damaged; over 883 hectares of aquatic products and over 326.7 hectares of perennial trees were inundated with water; over 10.2 kilometers of roads are affected. 4,655 households have suffered from flooding, and 22,359 people have been affected. Chuong My suburban district is affected most seriously; over 1,380 hectares of rice, over 307 hectares of crops, and over 603 hectares of aquatic products were flooded, and 3,683 households were affected.
According to Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Chu Phu My, Hoa Binh province records significantly high rainfall; the water flows to the Bui river and the Tich river. Meanwhile, floodwater from forest area of Luong Son, Kim Boi of Hoa Binh flows to My Duc and Chuong My districts. As a result, a large volume of water pours into the districts. Water release of Hoa Binh reservoir is not the reason for flooding, he confirmed.
Furthermore, North West provinces also suffer from heavy rain; water flows to the Hoang Long river, and slows down the drainage. Red River water level increases, which affects water drainage of the Day river. Therefore, the flooding is decreased slowly.
No epidemic disease in the flooded area
According to Vice Director of the Department of Health Hoang Duc Hanh, Chuong My district recorded 59 cases of conjunctivitis and 150 cases of skin diseases, mostly tinea pedis, and three cases of water drowning. Quoc Oai district had three cases of conjunctivitis and 100 cases of skin diseases. My Duc recorded over 100 cases of skin diseases, mostly tinea pedis. He confirmed that there is no epidemic in the flooded areas.
Since the beginning of the rainy season, the Department of Health has built plan and released documents, urging more effort to prevent disease, maintain food safety and sanitation in the rainy season. It has prepared manpower, equipment and devices, as well as medicines for medical treatment and examination. Leaders of the Department of Health and Preventive Medicine Center have paid visit to the flooded areas to give direct instruction and encourage health workers to take care of the people.
Following the motto of decontamination, disease prevention and control as soon as floodwater decreases, the health care sector has mobilized manpower of Ha Noi Preventive Medicine Center and medical centers of Chuong My, Quoc Oai and My Duc districts in cooperation with local forces to clean up the environment thoroughly.
Thanks to the drastic effort, so far there is no epidemic diseases like dengue fever, hand-foot-mouth disease and food poisoning in the flooded areas, Hoang Duc Hanh emphasized.
Cash and relief are sent to the people in flooded areas
According to the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, by August 5th, sponsors have provided VND 5,968.4 million to the affected districts, and reliefs were sent to the districts. The People’s Committees of Quoc Oai, Chuong My districts and subordinate communes handed the over them the households timely and transparently.
According to leaders of the Chuong My, Quoc Oai and My Duc districts, by August 7th, Chuong My district received over VND 6.1 billion; Quoc Oai received over VND 1 billion; My Duc received VND 550 million of cash, along with goods and necessities.
Sustainable measures are required
According to Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Chu Phu My, after working session to check flooding, storm prevention and control affairs, leaders of the Municipal Party Committee have taken effort to take care of people in flooded areas, handle environmental sanitation problems, recover production, renovate schools and cultural sites, check damages and support the locals.
Ha Noi asked the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to review all flooding prevention and control, floodwater drainage options, and report to the Ha Noi People’s Committee. The city also urged more effort to closely monitor residential areas and point out which place are in flooding zones.
According to Chairman of the Chuong My district People’s Committee Dinh Manh Hung, a long-term and strategic measure is gradually evacuating the people in Bui hamlet of Chuong My district, because flood water flows to the area. This zone should be used for cultivation only.
For his part, Head of the Ha Noi Party Committee’s Commission of Propaganda and Education Nguyen Van Phong confirmed that currently floodwater mostly drains from people’s houses; city is making effort to clean up the environment and overcome consequences.
Since 2017, Ha Noi has assigned agencies to cooperate with central bodies, including Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to study measures for floodwater drainage, flooding and storm prevention and control. The measures should be inter-regional and suitable for the whole Northern Delta area.
The actions in response to recent flooding have proved initiative and dynamism of the agencies at all levels and especially the people; thanks to the drastic effort, loss is minimized. Further activities should be taken to conduct popularization. encourage the people, and improve their sense of flooding prevention and control, particularly prevention of water drowning, in order to minimize loss of lives.