Reviewing disaster prevention and control in the first half of 2018 (10:54 11/07/2018)

HNP - The Central Steering Committee of Disaster Prevention and Control organized a conference on July 9th, reviewing its implementation in the first half of 2018 and deploying key missions in the last months of the year. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong chaired the event.

Delegates at the conference.

According to the committee’s report, since the beginning of 2018, a total of 14 types of natural disasters have occurred in the country, including two typhoons, two tropical depressions, 88 thunderstorms, seven flash floods and landslides, seven strong wind spells over the seas, four extreme cold and others.

In the first half of 2018, 75 people have been killed or remained missing while 48 others injured due to natural disasters. 509 houses have been destroyed, 12,571 ones damaged and 1,964 others flooded.

Besides, nearly 15,000 hectares of rice and crops, 1,689 hectares of industrial plantation and fruit trees were damaged and fall, while nearly 9,000 cattles and 17,000 folws were killed due to natural disasters. Total economic losses were estimated at over VND 868.5 billion.

Over the past months, many sectors, localities have evaluated and drawn experiences in disaster prevention and control in 2017; issuing a series of directive documents, guidance on checking disaster prevention and control in 2018; tightly monitoring natural disasters to timely respond to unusual situations.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, in the second half of 2018, Vietnam may face 12-13 typhoons, with at least four or five making landfall.

The General Department of Disaster Prevention and Control will cooperate with localities to install warning systems of flash floods and landslides and to take synchronous measures to deal with possible natural disasters.

By Tran Huong

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