Vietnam preps for future landslides
Sep 21, 2011
With heavy rains continuing in Vietnam, disaster officials are prepping the nation for impending landslides, IRIN reports.
"With more rains expected, the likelihood of further landslides is strong," Dang Van Tao, disaster risk reduction manager for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told the news outlet.
Tao's predictions come just one day after the Vietnamese government declared that hundreds of homes and agricultural areas in the Mekong Delta area were in grave danger as torrential downpours ensued.
According the Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control Department, since August there have been nine landslides in seven of the country's 35 provinces.
"The north and central provinces are the most affected," Bui Viet Hien, programme officer for disaster risk management for the UN Development Programme, told the news outlet. "Seven people were killed in Nghe An and Binh Thuan [provinces]. The region is also prone to mudflows and flash floods."
With no sign of the rain slowing down in the near future, officials and humanitarian groups are working to evacuate citizens from certain areas and to bring aid to those in need.