Ha Noi, Vietnam –Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat yesterday asked localauthorities to actively prepare necessary measures to cope with forest firesthat may occur in the dry season this year, due to El Nino and drought.
In his official letter tothe Peoples Committees in northern, Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands),south-eastern and Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta regions, Phat urged localities totighten the implementation of the Prime Ministers instructions to forest firecontrol and prevention. Localities will have to inspect fire-fighter forces,equipment, define spots that are vulnerable to forest fire and to have on-siteprevention.
Phat also urged aninter-sectoral co-ordination amongst forest rangers, public security andmilitary forces. Violations on forest fire control and prevention regulationswill be strictly punished.
Mass media will be heldresponsible for alerting the public on the dangers of forest fires andprevention measures.