Hanoi has urged relevant agencies to design plans on storm and flood control, mitigating the impacts of climate change, said an official.

Nguyen Vinh Lien, Head of the municipal Department of Irrigation, has called on units to speed up upgrades to embankments, irrigation systems and flood-proof initiatives to ensure maintained agricultural production during this year’s flooding season which starts from July to September.

Contractors have been urged to ensure safety for people and equipment, especially at tall building and embankment sites.

The city requested localities conduct publicity campaigns to enhance community awareness of protecting irrigation systems and preventing regulation violations when working on a river.

The Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development has been asked to speed up the Dong Mo reservoir project, dredge the Day River and upgrade the Nhue River.

The city aims to devise comprehensive and drastic drainage measures in case of heavy rain to reduce inundation downtown and in suburban areas.

It has invested in a number of pumping stations and drainage projects to respond to the stormy season this year.

Currently, Hanoi has 2,033 pumping stations, including 122 field ones. They have been continuously upgraded to ensure safety during operation.

Weather is likely to develop rapidly and unpredictably with the possibility of El Nino weather pattern impacts in the stormy season this year.

As many as 10 storms and tropical low pressure are expected to hit the country, one or two of which could impact the northern delta, including Hanoi.-VNA