Quang Ninh urges greater safety for mining workers hinh anh 1Teams was sent to rescue victims of the coal mine accident at Thanh Cong Coal Factory work site. (Photo: VNA) 

Chairman of the People’s Committee of northern Quang Ninh province Nguyen Duc Long sent an emergency message to organisations and agencies at the local level on August 20, urging them to be proactive in post-flood recovery and ensure mining safety. 

The local coal industry has suffered an estimated loss of 55 million USD after the historic downpour – the worst in four decades – battered the province from July 25 to early August.

Floods triggered by the rainstorm have made mines and tunnels vulnerable, causing many coal production risks.

The People’s Committee and the provincial Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Search-and-Rescue requested management officials of the Vietnam National Coal-Mineral Industries Group (Vinacomin) and Dong Bac Corporation as well as chairmen of the People’s Committee of Ha Long, Cam Pha and Uong Bi cities, Hoanh Bo district , and Dong Trieu town undertake necessary measures to ensure safety for their coal workers.

Vinacomin was asked to closely examine and reinforce its mines and tunnels to prevent landslides and breaches.

Long also requested relevant bodies to urgently search for and rescue missing workers after an accident at a Thanh Cong Coal Factory work site early on August 20 and support victims. The incident has killed one person and injured ten others.

The same day, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Uong Chu Luu visited and presented gifts to the victims and their families.

He urged Quang Ninh authorities to promptly identify the cause of the accident and handle its aftermath.-VNA