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Vietnam to pour $677.2Mln into Flood, Storm Prevention in 2006-2010

   5/18/2006

11 April 2006 - The Government of Vietnam will pump VND10.7 trillion ($677.2 million) into constructing and repairing flood and storm prevention systems in the 2006-2010 period. Additionally, VND500 billion ($31.64 million) will be set for enhancing capabilities in early natural disaster warning and rescuing works in the phase. The information was released at a meeting to sum up flood and storm prevention in the 2001-2005 period, which was held on April 3 in Hanoi. Addressing the event, Standing Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stressed a crucial need to actively prevent natural calamities and timely surmount the aftermaths of the disasters. Over the past five years, Vietnam experienced 17 storms, eight low tropical systems, 26 floods and 54 flash floods nationwide. Natural catastrophes killed and swept way at least 1,857 people, destroyed 1.3 million ha of crops, sunk 2,700 ships, damaged 1.6 million houses and washed away 8,000 bridges and irrigation works. Total losses were estimated at VND13.5 trillion ($854.43 million). In 2005 alone, the natural calamities killed 399 people and caused damages valued at up to VND5.8 trillion ($364 million) nationwide. In an effort to minimize human and property damages, VND26 trillion ($1.64 billion) will be poured into the construction of 99 works of water reservoirs, nearly VND6.8 trillion ($430.37 million) into 50 flood control works in the Mekong Delta region, and VND1.9 trillion ($120.25 million) into 75 storm shelters for ships. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense on March 31 issued an instruction with an aim to urge relevant agencies and forces to tighten control over and prepare well for natural disaster prevention and rescuing works.

Disaster Management Working Group - Viet
5/18/2006

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