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Delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung came to Ben Tre to work on natural disaster prevention and control

23/09/2020 16:00 |

​On the afternoon of September 22, 2020, a working delegation led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung arrived in Ben Tre and had a working session with Ben Tre Provincial People’s Committee. Receiving and working with the delegation were Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Lap and members of the Provincial Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

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An overview of the working session. (Photo by Truong Hung)

Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Van Lam presented a summarized report on natural disaster prevention and control and search and rescue activities in Ben Tre province over the past time. Accordingly, drought and saline intrusion during the last dry season of 2019-2020 have caused great damages to people’s living and production, especially agricultural production in the province. Though there have been no storm and tropical depression that directly affected the provincial mainland, but mega waves and big wind in the sea have affected fishing activities of local fishermen.

Over the past time, Ben Tre has carried out natural disaster prevention and control in accordance with the Law on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control and its guiding documents. In particular, the province has taken seriously and strictly followed the national disaster prevention and control strategy and plans, and adopted measures and approaches to natural disaster response as well as seriously implemented the Government’s resolutions on natural disaster prevention and control, sustainable development with adaptation to climate change.

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Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Bui Van Lam presented the report. (Photo by Truong Hung)

Members of the working delegation raised further issues for the provincial members to take into account, such as the province’s natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue; responding to climate change; the provincial existing system of natural disaster prevention and control dikes; system of freshwater reservoirs in response to drought and salinization.

Speaking at the working session, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Lap said that drought and salinization would be much more intense due to shortage of water from the upstream; and erosions of riverbank and coast would also be worse due to low level of alluvial deposit.

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Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Huu Lap made comments at the working session. (Photo by Truong Hung)

In addition, the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee summarized what Ben Tre has done over the past time in prevention and control of natural disasters, from promulgating administrative documents to actively deploying the “4 on-the-spot” model in order to promptly respond to natural disasters both on land and at sea.

For the coming time, the province has taken steps in preparation for responding to drought and salinization. First of all, the province was determined to secure fresh water for production and daily living in the upcoming dry season of 2020-2021.

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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung concluded the working session. (Photo by Truong Hung)

In his conclusive remarks, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs To Anh Dung suggested the province continue to implement Directive No. 42-CT/TW issued by the Politburo. Continue to strongly review and rearrange in order to improve the performance of the Standing Offices of the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue of provincial and district levels. Strengthen the active task forces for more effective natural disaster prevention and control, search and rescue. Regularly propagandize and train to raise the people’s awareness of natural disaster prevention and control.

The Deputy Minister suggested the province put more efforts to review, update, monitor, forecast and issue warnings of natural disasters, weather, climate, and riverbank and coast erosions. Review and balance the budget to upgrade and repair degraded natural disaster prevention and control works.

Written and translated by Truong Hung

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