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Viet Nam: Hanoi discharges floodwater into neighboring province

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Ha Nam started seeing many parts inundated as Hanoi on Wednesday asked its neighboring province to take floodwater which is being discharged from the capital citys Nhue River.

Ha Nam authorities began commissioning a pumping station at a maximum capacity of 54,000 cubic meters an hour to regulate the flow of water from the Nhue River into the province, flooding over 23,000 homes in six communes and around 18,300 hectares of cereal.

Pham Ba Tao, vice director of Hanois Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, was quoted by the local news website Vnexpress as saying that Ha Nam was sacrificing to save thousands of people in Hanoi.

Cao Duc Phat, head of the National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control, told on Wednesday the flood hit northern and central provinces to mobilize people and prepare every resource to repair and reinforce dykes when many dyke sections were weakening.

The Dyke Management and Flood Control Department said a 6-km stretch of the Nhue river dyke system had been breached, posing a threat for Hanoi.

Meanwhile, landslides are forecast to hit a dyke system along the Red River in Hanoi as water levels have kept swelling.

A 25-meter dyke section in Me Linh District of Hanoi collapsed on Wednesday. At least nine landslide locations were spotted on the Day river dyke system. This river passes through Hanoi and its neighboring provinces Ha Nam, Hoa Binh, Nam Dinh and Ninh Binh.

In addition, an 80-meter section of the Ta Bui dyke in Chuong My Commune in Hanoi was repaired after a landslide occurred on Wednesday.

In Ninh Binh Province, the Hoang Long River dyke was broken, submerging thousands of homes in Nho Commune. The province on Wednesday evacuated the affected people and mobilized the military to repair the dyke.

According to the committee, Hanoi is facing mounting danger when water levels in Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang and Thac Ba reservoirs are rising rapidly.

To protect the dams at these reservoirs, water should be discharged into the Red River, worsening the flooding in the downstream.

To help flood victims, Hanoi on Wednesday evacuated over 10,318 families in My Duc, Hoang Mai, Chuong My, Phuc Tho, Me Linh and Thanh Oai communes from high-risk areas.

Another 100 families in Hanois center moved to safe areas.

Along with the evacuations, the citys authorities on Wednesday provided food, clean water and medicines to over 27,500 families which have been stranded by floods.

The Ministry of Health distributed on Wednesday essential medicines and chloramines B and told hospitals to give free medical treatment and checkups for flood victims.

The national weather center said water levels in Hong and Nhue rivers remained high. The Red River was forecast to rise to 10.65 meters, the second-grade alarming level, yesterday.

The National Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control said on Wednesday afternoon that the most severe flooding in recent history had left at least 79 people dead or missing in the northern and central regions. Hanoi is hardest hit with 22 people killed.

Total property damage is estimated at over VND5.3 trillion.

S.G.T