A military vehicle is used to evacuate residents in Uong Bi city of Quang Ninh (Photo: VNA)

 

The Party Committee of the northern province of Quang Ninh set up a steering committee on August 11 to tackle flood consequences from floods that raged from July 25 to August 5 and caused severe damage in the locality.

Heading the committee is Nguyen Duc Long, Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.

The Steering Committee will focus on evacuating residents from dangerous areas, stabilising local livelihoods, supporting affected families and fixing damaged infrastructure for the locality to resume its normal activities.

In collaboration with the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin), the committee will take several measures to recover production activities, implement social welfare policies for employees and deal with environmental issues caused by the flood.

It also has responsibilities to report to and petition the Government to draw up short and long-term policies to help address flood consequences.

The historic downpour and subsequent floods, the heaviest in 40 years, battered Quang Ninh province from July 25 to early August, claiming 17 lives. Economic losses were estimated up to 2.7 trillion VND (123.77 million USD), including 1.2 trillion VND (55 million USD) in the coal industry alone.-VNA