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​Hanoi mulls over relocation of 14,000 people amid increasingly serious flood

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 10:54 GMT+7

Authorities in Hanoi are ready to relocate about 14,000 residents in a suburban district as floodwater has been rising over the past week.

Serious floods brought about by torrential rains have devastated multiple areas in Chuong My District, located about 20 kilometers from downtown Hanoi, in the past week.

Statistics from the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting showed that water levels in the Bui River reached an alarming height of 7.5 meters as of Sunday.

Floodwater is likely to continue rising as more downpours were forecast to linger in the locality on Monday and Tuesday.

About 1,000 households have been affected by the floods.

Many residents have been deprived of clean water and electricity.

Some 1,300 hectares of paddy has been submerged, while nearly 3,300 meters of roads have been damaged.

Local authorities have supplied the victims with fresh water, bread, and instant noodles as a band-aid solution.

About 700 soldiers and residents have been mobilized to reinforce local embankments to alleviate the flooding.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung on Monday evening led a delegation to examine the embankment along the Bui River.

Chung tasked competent authorities with continuing their efforts to strengthen local dams and prepare necessary measures to relocate about 14,000 people if the situation worsens.

Authorities in Chuong My District must keep around-the-clock communication with the city’s administration to promptly deal with emerging issues, the chairman asserted.

Certain measures must be taken to ensure the lives of locals and prevent theft and epidemics after the disaster ends, he added.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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