The Prime Minister has issued to implement a master plan on response to natural disasters and calamity and search and rescue operation through 2020.

Accordingly, relevant ministries and agencies have been asked to design plans for specific cases, invest in infrastructure, and purchase specialised equipment for responsible organisations to ensure adequate preparations for all contingences.

From 2015-2020, the Ministry of Defence will work closely with involved agencies to establish relief aid groups and search and rescue centres in Co To (northern Quang Ninh province), Con Dao (southern Ba Ria- Vung Tau province), Tho Chu (southern Kien Giang province), Hon Khoai (southern Kien Giang province) and Song Tu Tay (central Khanh Hoa province).

During 2015 and 2016, related agencies will draft national response plans for ship accidents, high-storey building fires, radiation leaks, earthquakes, tsunamis and traffic accidents in the residential and industrial areas.-VNA