Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh visited flood-affected families in Thanh Hoa on October 15 (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has asked the central province of Thanh Hoa to keep a close watch on developments of natural disasters and scale up vigilance in the face of the complex situation of floods and storms.

Thanh Hoa was also urged to check and reinforce dykes and reservoirs, promptly assist people to overcome disaster consequences and restore production, and ensure social order and safety. It should assess losses and report to the Prime Minister.

The recent heavy rains and floods killed 16 and left five others missing in the province. It also flooded 28,146 houses, destroyed 28,833ha of trees and winter crops, and 6,055ha of aquaculture, costing nearly 2.7 trillion VND. 

On this occasion, the Deputy PM assigned the Ministry of Transport to swiftly address transport incidents, especially cases on National Highways.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade was requested to instruct the operation of hydroelectric reservoirs as well as the supply of essential goods, while consolidating and re-organising the agricultural product market.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Security was asked to instruct local police to ensure security after floods and storms, and prepare forces to support people’s re-building efforts.

The Ministry of Health was requested to prepare medicine, organise medical check-ups and treatment, and guide people how to ensure environmental hygiene.-VNA