Preparing for natural disasters amid Covid-19

Worrying: More storms and floods are expected during the rest of this year in Vietnam. — Vietnam News/ANN

Local people need to be equipped with essential skills to cope with natural disasters, especially those in the mountainous, remote and ethnic areas, as more storms and floods are expected during the rest of this year, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

In the context of natural disasters and complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, the committee has issued an official document, asking provinces and cities to prepare response plans and scenarios for disasters and raise awareness of local people about survival skills.

Since early this year, Vietnam has had 53 light earthquakes, 105 hail storms and thunderstorms, 11 downpours and floods and 21 landslides.

Between January and May this year, natural disasters have claimed 21 lives, injured 29 people, damaged over 4,300 houses and destroyed over 32,000ha of rice and crops.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, it is likely that 12-14 storms and tropical depressions will occur in the South China Sea area, of which five to seven will have direct impact on the mainland.

In order to proactively respond to the “double disasters” of natural disasters and Covid-19 pandemic, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority has developed documents guiding localities to develop plans to respond to natural disasters.

The authority has issued a handbook for natural disaster prevention in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, detailing specific response scenarios and plans for each region to ensure local authorities and people are aware of the safety instructions and skills needed to cope with the natural disasters amid the pandemic. — Vietnam News/ANN

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