Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspects flood response in Ninh Binh province (Source: VNA)
Ninh Binh (VNA) – In the face of abnormal and serious flooding over the past few days, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cancelled a scheduled meeting with voters in Hai Phong City to travel to the northern province of Ninh Binh for a check of local dykes on October 12.

The PM made an inspection of the Hoang Long River dyke which protects Ninh Binh city and National Highway 1A from the swollen river. Water level in the Hoang Long River in Nho Quan and Gia Vien districts reached 5.3m, higher than the record flood level in 1985.

According to Dinh Chung Phung, Vice Chairman of the Ninh Binh province People’s Committee and deputy head of the provincial steering board for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue, the provincial authorities are considering allowing flood water to overflow some sections of the dyke to prevent the dyke from breaking.

PM Phuc asked Ninh Binh to devise plans for rescue operations, evacuation of residents and flood discharge.

The province was also urged to stay vigilant and keep close watch of dykes, dams and reservoirs in the locality.

Northern mountainous provinces and part of the central region have been submerged widespread floods caused by in torrential rains on October 10 and 11.

The death toll climbed to 29 people as of 5 pm on October 11, according to statistics of the National Committee for Search and Rescue.

The fatalities included eight people in Thanh Hoa, six each in Nghe An, Hoa Binh, five in Son La and four in Yen Bai. 

 21 others are missing, with nine people in Yen Bai and five in Hoa Binh.-VNA