Capital introduces contingency plans for major storms and floods.
Hanoi has adopted two contingency plans for when storms and flooding hit the capital. The first is for Level 11 storms and above, which may knock down trees, houses, and power poles and cause major damage. The second is for storms with heavy rain for two or three days that cause flooding of 500 millimeters or more.
In such events, Hanoi will request relevant agencies to move citizens to solid housing to ensure their safety. “This relocation must be done 12 hours before the storms or floods arrive,” the related decision states.
In Hoan Kiem district, 54,000 people will need to be moved, of which Phuc Tan ward and Chuong Duong ward will have the highest number, at 16,400 and 20,000 people, respectively. In Ba Dinh district 243,000 will need to be moved, to schools, cultural centers, and stadiums, and in My Duc district around 200,000 people will need to be moved.
Other areas and districts with large numbers of people to be moved are Soc Son (46,000), Hoang Mai (4,400), Tay Ho (nearly 18,000), Hai Ba Trung (over 44,000), Ha Dong (17,000), Dong Da (2,400), Thanh Xuan (11,000), Long Bien (4,300), Cau Giay (nearly 29,000), Nam Tu Liem (nearly 7,000), and Bac Tu Liem (over 5,000).
Hanoi plans to use 50,000 to 52,000 people from different departments and the city’s people’s committee to undertake the task when needed. There will be youth forces, volunteers, and military personnel totaling some 100,000 people. The 61 units of the Army’s Capital High Command will have around 13,000 soldiers and officers available.
According to the Hanoi People’s Committee, depending on the situation and changes in the level of storm damage, the Disaster Prevention Command of Hanoi will decide to dispatch forces as required.