Costs of road repair due to floods amount to VND 244 billion
Costs of repairing roads damaged by floods and storms in the first seven months of 2017 had amounted to almost VND 244 billion (USD 10.7 million) by the end of July, the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam reported on August 3rd.
Floods and storms blew off more than 853,000 cubic metres of taluses, destroyed over 122,300 square metres of road surface and blocked almost 113,000 metres of sewer.
Torrential rains destroy a house in Ha Giang province. (Source: VNA)
The Directorate for Roads of Vietnam said it instructed provincial Departments of Transport to actively take measures to ensure traffic flows and protect traffic works to minimise damages caused by floods and storms.
The agency has also cooperated with relevant bodies and localities in rescue work when traffic incidents occurred.
At least five people were killed and 15 others went missing during downpours and floods in several northern mountainous provinces from August 1st-3rd.
The victims are from Bac Kan, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Yen Bai and Son La provinces, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported on August 3rd.
Torrential rains also damaged 87 houses, submerged 5 hectares of farming land, swept away 61 heads of cattle and poultry, and triggered landslides on national and provincial roads in the localities.
Local authorities visited families of the victims and mobilised forces to help residents in the flood-hit areas overcome consequences caused by the natural disasters and stabilise their lives.
The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control on August 2nd asked provincial steering boards for natural disaster prevention, search and rescue to keep a close watch on the development of downpours and floods and update all-level authorities and people on the situation to take timely response measures.
The provincial steering boards and hydroelectricity companies of Son La, Hoa Binh and Tuyen Quang were also requested to ensure safety of reservoirs./.