In particular, from August 6-10, heavy and prolonged rain in the upper of Ea Sup Thuong lake together with the overflowing of reservoirs inundated low-lying areas in Ea Sup district, Dak Lak province. The floodwater was constantly rising, separating many traffic routes. Route 14C was flooded at the section of Ea H’leo bridge; the inter-commune road from Ia Lop commune to Ea Roc commune was submerged at the spring bridge No.12 section; flooding occurred in village 13 which lies between Ira Rve and Ea Roc communes. These caused traffic jams and difficult travel. According to initial statistics, in Ia Lop commune, 92 houses were flooded; more than 430 hectares of crops, farm produce and more than 1,100 cattle and poultry were destroyed by floodwater.
Realizing the complicated developments of the flooding, Ea H'leo and Ia Rve border posts teamed with Defense-Economic Unit 737 under Military Region 5, local military, public security forces, and authorities updated local people with the flooding situation via the local radio system, and promptly mobilized vehicles to move households to a safe area.
All the 12 villages in Ia Lop commune were damaged seriously by the flooding. Some villages, such as Chieng, Trung, An, Giong Trom, Thanh Phu were 0.4 to 2m under water. Notably, the water level in some sections along springs and rivers in Thanh nien lap nghiep (Youths setting up business) village rose nearly 3m, causing dozens of households isolated.
Since early August 9, Captain Nguyen Phi Lanh, Head of the mass mobilization team of Ea H'leo Border Post have actively worked with the Defense-Economic Unit 737 and other local armed forces to strive to approach dangerous submerged sites. Captain Lanh and Major Lang Van Sinh, an employee of the Agro-Forestry Production Team 2 under Defense-Economic Unit 737 drove a canoe into the fast water. In the midst of the flood water, a canoe can easily get tangled in trees and bushes if you are not familiar with the way. In some places, the joint forces had to push canoes dozens of meters to avoid going aground. Six canoe trips were made on that day to bring 14 households with 26 people and their valuable assets to safety.
Among the households saved in the first canoe trips was the family of Vuong Van Hai, born in 1996 and Sam Thi Thu Thoi, born in 1999, and their ten-day newborn. Thoi expressed her gratefulness to the rescue force for saving her family from the risky place.
According to Captain Nguyen Phi Lanh, eye-witnessing flooded houses, children getting panic in the flood water, they (rescue forces) talked to themselves to try their best and race against time to bring locals out of the dangerous sites.
Despite exhaustion while surmounting the flood water all day, the rescue force always stayed ready to lend locals hands because for them helping locals is a sacred duty of a soldier.
Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Thanh Tung, head of Ea H'leo Border Post, said that to date, local people in risky places have been moved to safer ones. However, rain continues and flood water continues to rise in several sites. It requires local authorities and other relevant units to stay ready and deploy forces to take search and rescue duties in a timely manner. Guide and information about natural disaster prevention for local people is also needed. The joint force continues keeping a close watch on weather developments and situations at lakes and dykes to take active response.
Translated by Mai Huong
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