Natural disaster alert and watch system to be built in Vietnam

Oct 8, 2016
Vietnam's Deputy Minister Hoang said that natural disasters have become increasingly complicated due to climate change and economic development.
Vietnam’s Deputy Minister Hoang said that natural disasters have become increasingly complicated due to climate change and economic development.

A natural disaster alert and watch system will be built at 13 coastal provinces and cities from Ha Tinh to Ba Ria – Vung Tau with 532 stations in Vietnam, according to its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports that Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang told a conference on construction of the system in Khanh Hoa Province on Friday that natural disasters have become increasingly complicated due to climate change and economic development.

“Therefore, the construction of a multifunction disaster alert and watch system is necessary in order to improve forecast capability and spread information to all people,” said Hoang.

The construction of the system will be divided into two stages.

The first stage from now to 2020 will build 281 stations in Da Nang city, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa and Ninh Thuan at a cost of 200 billion VND (US$8.9 million).

More stations will be built in remaining localities after 2020 and the capital for the system’s construction will be sourced from the state budget and society.

Representatives of coastal provinces said the disaster alert and watch system brings in many benefits but it should suit the reality of each locality.

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