Hanoi takes action following flood warnings

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Authorities in Hanoi have ordered related agencies to prepare and implement measures so as to deal with floods likely to hit the capital during its 1,000th anniversary celebrations, Vietnamnet reported.

The city made the move after the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Protection forecast that the city is likely to face floods between August and October of the same scale of the ones that killed 17 people in 2008, according to the news website.

Under the latest order, the Department of Construction has to plan preventive measures for celebrations and evacuate people from areas that are threatened by the floods when and if they occur.

The Department of Transport was also ordered to cooperate with police in gathering motor-boats and rescue vehicles to maintain traffic flow at places where the celebrations are held, the news source said.

Authorities asked sewage companies to make sure that the water from local rivers wouldn't flood the city center to prevent water sources from being polluted to a large extent, it said.

According to the committee, Hanoi has faced abnormal weather conditions recently with unfrequent but heavy rains while many of its drainage systems are yet to be upgraded or repaired, increasing flood risks to the city.

It expected some 25 central locations will be under water when heavy rains start, according to Vietnamnet.

Hanoi was almost paralyzed when a torrential rain hit in late October, 2008, submerging many streets and houses in up to nearly two meters of water. Property losses were estimated to be worth some VND3 trillion ($157.7 million).

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