VCN-The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Grant Agreement with the Government of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on August 10th in Hanoi to provide grant aid of up to 1.844 billion yen for the Project for Emergency Reservoir Operation and Effective Flood Management Using Water related Disaster Management Information System.
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The project will construct hydrological observation facilities to monitor the water level of rivers and dams and the rainfall in the basin of the Huong River, which flows through Central Viet Nam, and will also construct a water-related disaster management information system to mitigate flood disasters in the general Huong River Basin.
The coastal area of Central Viet Nam is often struck by typhoons, resulting in storm and landslide disasters each year. Disaster risk reduction is an important challenge from the perspective of preventing human casualties and economic loss. In particular, a heavy rainy region where flood disaster occurs frequently is the Huong River Basin of Thua Thien Hue Province, due to inappropriate water releases from dams during torrential rains.
Effective operation of three dams in the basin (Binh Dien, Huong Dien and Ta Trach Dams) and precise river management during heavy rains are priorities as seen by the prime minister directive issued in 2013 for proper dam management and stronger safety measures.
The project will increase the number of hydrological observation points which monitor the water level of rivers and river flow volume in the Huong River Basin and shorten the intervals at which rainfall and water level information is disseminated from 60 to 10 minutes, thereby contributing to an improved capacity to manage dams and rivers, leading to the prevention and mitigation of water-related disasters.
Accordingly, the project includes facilities and equipment procurement such as: an X-band radar system, hydrology observation stations (10 locations), closed-circuit televisions (14 locations), real-time dam operation systems, direct communication networks (seven lines), an information management system, a multiple information display, a digital signage system for fighting floods , a direct commanding unit, a topographical survey, a river channel cross-section survey.
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Consulting services/guidance in managing the facilities include detailed design work, bidding assistance, procurement supervision, (as guidance in managing the facilities) capacity development for operation and maintenance of the provided equipment.
By Hoang Anh