On the morning of January 25th 2019, Mr. Dao Cong Thien - Vice Chairman of Khanh Hoa Provincial People's Committee had a meeting and worked with the international consultant team of the World Bank (WB).
Hurricane Damrey in 2017 caused heavy damage to houses in Khanh Hoa province. Illustration. Photo: Le Xua.
At the meeting, the consultant team said, through the fact survey in the locality with the data collected from departments and sectors (land use planning; annual social - economic development plan of the province, annual disaster risk management plan, planning of water resources, irrigation, transportation ...), the consultant team proposed to implement the project including 3 technical support components to help Khanh Hoa province identify shortcomings from the perspective of disaster risk management and climate change, thus building a disaster risk management plan, integrating disaster response capacity into social economic development plan of the province. It is expected that the consultant team will complete the research in February; May 2019 held a workshop on exchanging knowledge about development in response to the participation of agencies of Khanh Hoa province and neighboring provinces in the area with the same natural conditions to determine the last time to feasibility of the project.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Dao Cong Thien highly appreciated the initial research results and recommendations of the consultant team. At the same time, he expressed his wish that the consultant team should continue to survey, evaluate and provide solutions to help Khanh Hoa province respond to climate change and natural disasters. Mr. Dao Cong Thien also assigned the Provincial Development Project Management Board to act as the focal point to coordinate with the consulting unit; related departments, branches and localities coordinate in implementing and creating favorable conditions for consultants to implement the project steps.
It is known that Hurricane Damrey occurred in 2017 has seriously affected 15 provinces and cities in Vietnam, killing 107 people and affecting 4.3 million people, causing damage to houses and facilities agricultural and aquaculture infrastructure (estimated at over 1 billion USD). Among these 15 provinces is Khanh Hoa. Through the actual survey and preliminary assessment of the needs and losses after the storm, the World Bank's consultant team found that Typhoon Damrey did not flood the coastal area but mainly caused damage by strong winds. Areas along the Dinh and Cai rivers are flooded due to floods coming from upstream. Some coastlines and river banks are eroded; urban areas are flooded due to poor drainage capacity; small-scale mangrove forests...