Extreme weather adaptation measures needed: leader hinh anh 1A military vehicle is used to evacuate residents in Uong Bi city of Quang Ninh (Photo: VNA)

Authorities in the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh and the National Coal and Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) should devise measures to adapt to increasingly complicated weather patterns, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.

This remark was made on August 5 in the wake of the recent rainstorms and floods in Quang Ninh, which is home to large coal reserves.

During the meeting in Hanoi, the Cabinet leader called upon local authorities and Vinacomin to learn from the flood impacts and devise strategies, both short- and long-term, to protect property and human lives in the future.

They must continue their efforts to stabilise local livelihoods, support affected families and fix damaged infrastructure in order for the locality to resume its normal activities as soon as possible.

The Government will consider providing aid to Quang Ninh and Vinacomin to help address the flood consequences, he noted.

Incessant rain and flood surges in late July for almost a week claimed 17 lives and injured eight in Quang Ninh.

The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control said on July 31 that the costs of flood damage in the province exceeded 2.2 trillion VND (109 million USD). The coal sector suffered damages of up to 1.2 trillion VND (55.8 million USD).-VNA