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14 claimed dead after heavy rainfall and floods

Released at: 10:05, 06/12/2016

14 claimed dead after heavy rainfall and floods

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Climate change project aims to improve land and water management and ensure a livelihood for residents in 9 provinces

by Nguyen Ha

At least 14 people have been reported dead due to serious flooding and heavy torrential rainfall in the Central and Central Highlands regions over the past weeks.

Three others have been reported injured, according to the Centre of Flood and Storm Prevention in the Central and Central Highlands regions.

Specifically, six people from Binh Dinh province were killed in the flooding. The neighboring Quang Ngai and Quang Nam lost five and three respectively.  

The serious floods also demolished 53 houses; damaged 48 others in Quang Ngai. Nearly 9,800 hectares of paddy and farm produce were submerged. Binh Dinh province was the most damaged locale, with 90 per cent of its farming land and livestock deeply submerged.

Over 500 soldiers were called to help residents, while rescue forces brought logistics, medicine and water to the most flood-affected areas in the province, according to the government’s news portal.

In related news, nine out of the 13 Mekong Delta provinces will get a package of $384 million for climate change response. These localities include An Giang, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, and Kien Giang, the government’s news portal said.

The project on general climate change response and sustainable livelihood will last until 2020. Out of the total budget, the World Bank contributed $310 million, while the Vietnamese side provided $72.5 million of the budget. Private capital was $2.4 million.

The Central Project Office (CPO) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is the project owner. The project aims to strengthen planning capacity in response to climate change; better management of land and water resources; and ensure a means of subsistence for local residents in the nine provinces.

People in An Giang, Kien Giang, and Dong Thap provinces will benefit from sub projects worth nearly VND2,300 billion ($101 million) to improve flood resistant competence in response to climate change, water management in the upper reaches, and the means of subsistence.

Meanwhile, local residents in Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long, and Soc Trang will be supported on coastal infrastructure development, water control, and the transformation of production in response to climate change.

Ca Mau, Kien Giang, and Bac Lieu will get over VND2,300 billion ($101 million) of aid to build infrastructure projects to prevent coastal erosion and landslides; provide clean water for shrimp cultivation; develop ecological forests; and improve the means of subsistence.

The Steering Committee for the Southwest Region reported that during the dry season at least 290,000 households in the Mekong Delta region suffer from water shortage; have 254,000 hectares of production land damaged and VND15,000 billion ($660 million) lost.

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