At noon on October 23, local troops and militia force promptly rushed to several communes and Cho Chua townlet in Nghia Hanh district to team with relevant forces to evacuate hundred people, their cattle and assets to safe places.

Armed forces of Nghia Hanh district evacuate locals from submerged areas.

Apart from patrolling, the local militia force also blocked several places to prevent people from travelling to ensure security and safety, placed warning signs, and supported thousands of vehicles on roads.

Vo Duy Thanh, Head of the Military Command of Hanh Dung commune, said that before the rainy season, the command conducted studies and asked households with strong houses residing in areas with low risk of flooding to support others in need to take shelter. Thanks to earlier studies and talks, Hanh Dung commune’s Military Command and relevant forces successfully evacuated 30 households with over 100 people and their assets from low-lying areas, minimizing damages caused by the flooding.

Via a phone talk on October 24, Colonel Tran Minh Quan, Commanding Officer of the Military Command of Nghia Hanh district, shared that the flood in the area is receding slowly. The command will provide locals with food and be determined to not let any people go hungry or get cold because of flooding.

A militiaman using coracle to evacuate people and cattle

At present, several places in Binh Hiep commune, Binh Son district remain to be inundated. To ensure safety, the local military command keeps blocking six places to warn and prevent people from travelling.

So far, 1,370 households with 4,541 people in deeply-flooded areas and places prone to landslides in Quang Ngai province have already moved to safe areas.

A militiaman of Binh Hiep commune takes duty at a checkpoint to warn people of danger of deeply submerged roads.

It is forecast that rain and flooding in Central provinces, including Quang Ngai, will develop complicatedly. Facing that situation, the local party committees, authorities, and armed forces have proactively prepared personnel and vehicles to support people on request. In that circumstance, troops and militia forces are really a firm fulcrum for locals.

Translated by Mai Huong