Actively Planning State Reserves for Flood Victims

1:21:58 PM | 29/10/2020

The historic flooding in October 2020 pushed people in Central Vietnam into multiple difficulties. In that context, in order to promptly support people in central provinces, the General Department of State Reserves has directed local reserves agencies to actively work out plans for emergency relief taken from State reserves for people to deal with catastrophic consequences. To learn more about this matter, our reporter has an interview with Mr. Do Viet Duc, Director General of the General Department of State Reserves. Le Hien reports.

Could you please tell us how you have directed your agencies to ensure safety of State assets and reserves?

Ensuring the safety of State assets and reserves is one of our central tasks. Immediately after receiving information about tropical depression on the mass media or storms from the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, the General Department of State Reserves telegraphed local reserves agencies to launch key tasks as follows:

Arranging personnel to be on duty around the clock, regularly monitoring and updating developments of low depressions, storms, rains and floods in order to take prompt shielding and responding measures when any situation occurs.

Checking warehouses and reserves; taking preventive measures to ensure the safety of humans, assets and reserves; actively coordinating with local authorities where warehouses are located, reserves are stored and state reserves agencies are headquartered, to be ready to respond to, cope with, handle and promptly solve any arising issues.

Heads of regional and local State reserves agencies that are importing and exporting national reserves must actively plan to deliver reserves to ensure absolute safety of people, assets and quality of reserves.

In addition, we’ve requested regional and local reserves agencies to check equipment and foods stored in the stockpile, and plan timely delivery to local support people in flooded areas.

To quickly assist people in Central Vietnam to overcome difficult times, the Prime Minister decided to deliver emergency food, materials and equipment to people in these provinces. Could you please tell us more about this?

In order to promptly support people in the central region to overcome difficult times and gradually restore their normal life, the Prime Minister signed decisions on exporting national reserves for five central provinces. To urgently bring rice to them, on October 19, the General Department of State Reserves assigned regional departments of State reserves to deliver emergency relief to flood-hit people, specifically 5,000 tons of rice: Quang Binh 1,000 tons, Quang Tri 1,000 tons, Thua Thien Hue 1,000 tons, Quang Nam 1,000 tons, and Ha Tinh 1,000 tons; materials and equipment: Quang Binh province (05 high-speed boats, 136 sets of tarpaulins, 4,800 life jackets, 2,000 round buoys and 460 light life-rafts), Quang Tri (03 high-speed boats, 20 sets of tarpaulins, 2,000 life jackets, 2,000 round buoys and 100 light life-rafts), Thua Thien Hue (03 high speed boats, 28 sets of tarpaulins, 2,000 life jackets, 1,000 round buoys, and 30 light life-rafts and 02 power generators), Quang Nam (05 high speed boats; 30 sets of tarpaulins, 2,000 life jackets, 1,000 round buoys, and 30 light life-rafts and 02 power generators), and Ha Tinh (04 high speed boats, 200 sets of tarpaulins, 5,560 life jackets, 166 life-rafts and 04 power generators).

We also sent a written request to Provincial People's Committees to have early plans to take on reserves; direct their personnel to receive food and equipment and work with regional state reserve bodies in charge to deliver reserves to flood victims as soon as possible to deal with flooding consequences.

What specific actions have you taken to deliver enough relief in the shortest time to effectively respond to floods and storms?

In order to ensure State reserves are delivered to beneficiaries at the earliest possible time, we have directed our local subordinates to focus on implementing the following solutions:

Preparing personnel, means of transport and reserves for immediate delivery upon the decision of the Provincial People's Committees; ensuring the timeliness and compliance with allocation and reception plans announced by the Provincial People's Committees.

Requesting regional and local reserves agencies to take advantage of assistance from local authorities; closely coordinate with competent local agencies in charge of receiving reserves; promptly export, transport and deliver reliefs to localities according to approved plans.

Regional and local reserves agencies have worked with competent local agencies to strengthen inspection and supervision of the use of reserves to ensure the right use of reserves delivered.

Source: Vietnam Business Forum