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National civil defence plan issued for 2021-2025

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on December 22 signed a decision issuing the national civil defence plan for 2021-2025 which sets out tasks to prevent and cope with consequences of catastrophes, as well as major implementation solutions.

The plan is intended to enhance State management in civil defence, utilise resources to prevent, forecast and respond to catastrophes and reduce their losses, maintain socio-political stability, and ensure sustainable development.

During the 2021-2025 period and the years to come are forecast to see the resurgence of such catastrophes as wars, tsunami, storms, typhoons, widespread flooding, sea level rise, saline intrusion, environmental pollution, radiation leak, construction collapse, traffic accidents, fires, widespread forest fires and diseases.

Given this, the plan has defined preparations for and response to wars as a regular, long-term task. Meanwhile, the prevention of and response to incidents and natural disasters and the settlement of their consequences is a regular, urgent task, with the response to natural disasters as the centre task.

The plan stressed the need to further consolidate the monitoring system and build a national database, maintain personnel and facilities to serve the work, organise training for relevant forces, along with drills and sport festivals, and step up the communication work./.