Heavy rain spell over last few days damaging the local economy, with the coal industry especially affected.
Business and production activities in Ha Long city and Cam Pha have been paralyzed after the heavy rain on July 26, 27 and the morning of the 28th. Many areas were flooded and isolated, with total losses across the province estimated at over VND1 trillion ($45.84 million), of which the coal industry accounts for around VND500 billion ($22.92 million).
According to Vinacomin, heavy rains have flooded coal mines of the Quang Hanh Coal Company and the Mong Duong Coal Company and buried land of the 790 - North East Company and the Mong Duong Coal Company. Railway lines transporting coal from Cua Ong and Hon Gai have also been damaged.
“We can withstand 350 millimeters of rain over one day and one night,” said Mr. Nguyen Van Thuan, Deputy Director of the Coc Sau Coal Company. “But we received 400 millimeters of rain over a number of days, which badly affected our operations and our equipment.” This is the heaviest rain for 40 years, he added.
Residential areas and about 20 buses of the Xuyen Phuc Bus Company were flooded on July 28, as they are located in low-lying areas. The damage to the buses will run into the hundreds of millions of VND, the company’s General Director, Mr. Doan The Xuyen, said.
According to Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), Quang Ninh’s grid has suffered damage estimated at VND370 million ($16.96 million). Telecommunications companies have staff on stand-by to fix problems as they arise.