Hydropower plants break water release rules

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A hydropower company in the central Phu Yen Province released flood waters on Tuesday, submerging already-flooded areas, the provincial People’s Committee said Wednesday.

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Four people died and one another is still missing after rain-triggered floods slammed into the province on October 29.

The committee has reported to the provincial Party Committee that the Ba Ha River Hydropower Joint Stock Company violated the rules of operating reservoirs as it released huge quantity of flood waters, thus submerging the lower section of the river.

According to the report, the company released up to 6,000 cubic meters of flood waters per second without prior announcement, causing difficulties in evacuating residents for local authorities.

The committee asked the company to strictly follow the rules of operating reservoirs as required by a government decision.

On Tuesday, three hydropower plants on the Ba River, namely Song Hinh, Song Ba Ha and Krong H’Nang, released waters into the lower sections, flooding streets in Phu Yen’s Tuy Hoa City.

According to the provincial Committee for Flood Prevention and Control, floods have claimed four lives and left one missing, with more than 2,000 houses and thousands of hectares of crop inundated.

Water levels on local rivers have reached alarming level, the committee warned.

State President Nguyen Minh Triet on Wednesday visited the central provinces of Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Phu Yen, inspecting flooding and giving direct instructions on the steps to recovery.

He urged local authorities to care for the life of the people, helping to bring them back to a normal life and resume production soon.

By Tuesday afternoon, floods in Ninh Thuan had claimed three lives and left one missing.

In Khanh Hoa, the natural calamity claimed five lives, left one missing and injured two others.

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