​The Cau River's section through Thai Nguyen province is in spate (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Mountainous and midland provinces in the north have been asked to keep a close watch on river levels after recent heavy rains and brace for possible more precipitation over the next few days.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and the National Committee for Search and Rescue sent the request on July 4 to provincial steering boards in Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Son La, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Yen Bai, Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Bac Giang, Hoa Binh, Phu Tho, and Thai Nguyen.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, heavy rains have poured down across the northern region since June 30. About 210mm of rainfall was recorded in Muong Lay township of Dien Bien, 380mm in Bac Quang district of Ha Giang, 550mm in Mong Cai city and 615mm in Quang Ha town of Quang Ninh.

Rivers in those provinces have also been in spate due to the downpours.

The national committee ordered the provincial boards to advise local authorities on flood control measures and ready evacuation plans at areas susceptible to flash floods, landslides, riverside erosion, and lowland areas as well as mines.

Rescue forces must be on full alert, while control of waterway transport should be tightened to ensure safety.

Meanwhile, the ministries of natural resources and environment, agriculture and rural development, and industry and trade were also demanded to ensure the safe operation of reservoirs in the northern region.-VNA