During a national teleconference on the prevention and control of natural disasters and search and rescue 2020, PM Phuc lauded the entire political system for promptly engaging in the effort over the past time.
He also hailed more accurate disaster forecast that has been regularly updated. Thanks to sci-tech application and international cooperation, a number of solutions have been recently taken to ease drought in the Mekong Delta, he said.
In face of the complicated developments of natural disasters in the near future, the PM urged ministries, agencies and localities to fully grasp and follow the Secretariat’s Decree No. 42-CT/TW on strengthening Party leadership on disaster prevention and control, as well as strengthen disaster prevention and control agencies from the central to grassroots levels, and specify responsibilities of officials and cadres in the work.
He asked for paying attention to ensuring the safety and lives of people, dyke and irrigation works, especially in the northern mountainous, central, Central Highlands and the Mekong Delta regions.
The PM called for prioritising resources from the State budget, issuing policies to improve the efficiency of the effort.
Since the beginning of this year, the country has suffered seven downpours and hailstorms, serious drought and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta, 11 earthquakes and landslides.
As of the late April, disasters left 11 dead and missing, destroyed and damaged more than 44,000 houses, over 100,000 ha of rice and crops. The total economic loss was estimated at over VND3.1 trillion.