The northwestern mountainous province of Lao Cai is promptly taking necessary measures to evacuate locals from disaster-stricken areas in the face of a high risk of floods and landslides when the stormy season comes.

More than 340 households live in flood-prone areas, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Of them, 146 mainly residing in Bat Xat, Bao Yen, Sa Pa and Si Ma Cai districts are asked to quickly move to safer places.

Luu Minh Hai, Director of the Lao Cai Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre, said this year’s stormy season is forecast to be unusual. He noted that the province’s terrain is made up of mountains and hills and a system of interlacing rivers and streams while the majority of local households are residing along rivers.

Last year, flash floods and landslides caused by heavy downpours in Sa Pa’s Ban Khoang commune claimed tens lives dead and caused losses worth hundreds of billions of Vietnamese dong.-VNA