Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the People’s Committees of central and Central Highlands provinces to continue evacuating people in flood-prone regions to safety.

In an order dated November 17, the PM also asked localities to reach isolated areas to provide aid relief, including food to the people there.

The National Committee for Search and Rescue and the ministries of defence and public security were assigned to deploy forces to evacuate people and conduct search and rescue upon request.

Meanwhile, the ministries of agriculture and rural development and trade and industry were asked to closely follow the changes of the floods, collaborate with the localities to operate reservoirs to ensure safety for low-land areas, prepare essential goods and food and control market prices.

The Ministry of Transport has a duty to repair roads, especially the North-South railway and express way.

For its part, the Ministry of Health has to ensure sufficient medicine is stockpiled and promptly provide medical check-ups for the flood victims.

Other ministries and agencies will support the localities to soon resume production and daily activities as soon as the floods go down.

Floods triggered by torrential rains in the central region have killed at least 31 people, left two missing and seriously injured three others, disaster officials said on November 17.-VNA