Authorities of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai are striving to finish the evacuation of over 140 local households residing in and around areas vulnerable to flood and landslide as the rainy season begins.

The districts of Bac Ha, Bat Xat, Bao Yen and Sa Pa see the highest numbers of households yet to be moved to safe places.

According to the provincial Steering Committee for Flood Prevention and Control, Lao Cai has so far fulfilled only 57 percent of its evacuation plan, while the disbursement for building resettlement facilities is also tardy, reaching about 50 percent from the arranged budget.

Meanwhile, the northwestern region officially entered into the rainy season, worrying local households, especially those living in disaster-stricken areas.

The provincial People’s Committee has asked district-level authorities to hasten the evacuation, so as to ensure safety for its locals in any case.

Lao Cai is one of the provinces hardest hit by natural disasters during the rainy season. In 2008, a village in the province was swept away by landslides.

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