PM orders swift landslide relief in Thua Thien-Hue

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has sent a dispatch asking relevant agencies and organisations to sharpen their focus on rescue efforts and to take remedial action in the wake of recent landslides in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

According to the dispatch, landslides triggered by downpours at Ranger Station No 7 and the Rao Trang 3 hydropower plant construction site buried several soldiers in the rescue team and workers at the construction site.

The PM ordered the Minister of Defence, the Chairman of the Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and Search and Rescue, the Head of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, the Party Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, and the Commander of the High Command of Military Region 4 to organise search and rescue operations in a timely manner, ensuring safety of both people and equipment.

He asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the provincial People’s Committee to inspect the safety situation at the hydropower plant’s reservoir and to outline measures to guarantee safety.

The central region has been ravaged by rain and flooding since last week, after a cold spell came in contact with tropical turbulence. Thua Thien-Hue has reported six fatalities, three people missing, and thousands of homes inundated.

Source: Vietnam News Agency