Downpour causes flooding in Hai Chau district, Da Nang city. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has ordered localities in the central region to focus on repairing the damage caused by floods that hit the area last week.

They were told to mobilise resources to look for missing people, stabilise local livelihoods and clear traffic blockages.

Suggesting the localities to stay vigilant in response to natural disasters, the committee said that they should monitor weather developments to give timely warning to authorities at all levels and local people.

They were advised to be ready to relocate households living in calamity-prone areas to safer ground.

In addition, measures should be put in place to protect flood prevention works and control water discharged from hydro-power reservoirs.

Heavy rains over the weekend caused flooding across the central region with nine people reported dead and missing as of December 11.

The downpour affected 23,126 houses and inundated nearly 7,000 hectares of crops and 278.2 hectares of aquaculture farming. Meanwhile, more than 64.6 kilometres of local roads and more than 2 kilometres of dykes sustained damage.

Thousands of students were excused from school to ensure their safety.-VNA