In Ha Tinh, assets are moved to a higher place to avoid flooding. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The central steering committee for natural disaster response and the National Committee for Search and Rescue have warned central coastal provinces from Nghe An southward to Ninh Thuan to get prepared for flooding.

The committees’ joint dispatch sent on October 31 said water levels in many rivers in the region are rising, and expected to reach alarm levels during October 31-November 5. Besides floods on major rivers, the region also faces a high risk of flash flood in small streams, landslides in mountainous areas and local inundation in low-land areas.

Localities in the region are asked to check high-risk areas and put in places plans to evacuate local residents in emergencies.

They are also requested to keep close monitoring of reservoirs to ensure safety and deploy search and rescue forces for timely response.

Several provinces in central region, particularly Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue suffered severe losses from heavy rains and floods during October 13-18. The flood claimed 25 lives, injured 18 others and left four missing as of October 18.-VNA