Flooding in Phu Yen (Photo: VOV)

Phu Yen (VNA) – A US-funded centre for natural disasters prevention and mitigation began operational in the south central coastal province of Phu Yen on July 15.

Under funding from the US Pacific Command and the US Embassy in Vietnam, its construction started in October 2015 and was completed after nearly nine months.

The three-storey facility spans an area of 880 square metres and is fully equipped to handle storms, floods and carry out rescue operations.

It will help the province raise public awareness, update flood scenarios, design solutions to typhoons and maintain facilities, such as dams, reservoirs and docks.

Phu Yen and its neighbouring provinces in the region regularly bear the brunt of severe weather conditions such as storms, floods and whirlwinds.

A huge flood in 2009 inundated all 126 houses in the local Tuy An district’s An Dinh commune at depths of up to three metres.-VNA