Northern mountainous Lao Cai province is working hard to bring people in flood-prone areas to higher places as the rainy season is posing a high risk of flooding to the locality and the northern mountainous region as a whole.

At a teleconference on August 6, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Doan Van Huong asked localities to accomplish the work by August 15 at the latest.

Nguyen Anh Tuan, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that 266 households, mainly in Bac Ha, Bat Xat, Muong Khuong, Bao Yen, and Sa Pa districts, need to be moved to safe locations.

As of July, the province had relocated 134 households in new, safe areas.

The department will continue intensifying dissemination to help locals understand the importance of the resettlement.

In the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh, 7,146 households living in areas vulnerable to natural disasters, concentrating on Lac Thuy, Da Bac, Yen Thuy and Lac Son districts, are in a dire need of being relocated.

Local authorities are keeping a close watch on weather patterns as well as landslide signs in a bid to promptly alert their residents to quickly take safety precautions.-VNA