The National Steering Committee for Flood Control and Prevention and the National Committee for Search and Rescue on August 19 sent an urgent official note to northern and northeastern provinces requesting preparations to cope with possible floods and landslides.

The official note said the ministries of national defence, public security, transport, industry and trade, and agriculture must implement prevention measures to prepare for extreme weather.

It also called on local authorities to warn residents living close to lakes, rivers and in low areas so that they can prevent losses and damage.

The relevant agencies were also asked to have skilled personnel on hand to control traffic and rescue those in badly-flooded areas.

The Central Meteorological Forecasting Centre's forecasts have predicted heavy rain will appear in the northern areas of the country from August 18 until August 21.

It has also warned of possible flooding in the Hong-Thai Binh River system during that time.

Flooding and landslides are likely to occur in the Cao Bang, Lang Son, Tuyen Quang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La and Bac Kan provinces.-VNA