Vietnam issues national plan to cope with radiation, nuclear incidents

HANOI, June 20 (Xinhua) -- The Vietnamese prime minister has issued a national plan to cope with radiation and nuclear incidents, ensuring preparation of technical infrastructure, equipment, tools and human resources for timely and effective response to the incidents.

Vietnam will establish a national-level network which consists of the National Committee for Responding to incidents, natural disasters, and search and rescue, a site command station, national organizations engaging in the incidents, and technical supporting teams directed by the committee, Vietnam News Agency reported on Tuesday.

An information collecting system, to be run by the Ministry of Science and Technology, will gather information on incidents happening outside Vietnam and posing risks to people and the environment in the country through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as information exchange channels among countries.

The ministry will verify the accuracy of the information and evaluate the nature and danger level of the incidents, thus seeking measures to respond to them and request for international help.

Scrapping its first nuclear power plant project, Vietnam is strengthening applications of nuclear energy and technologies in various spheres, especially healthcare, agriculture and industry.

[ Editor: Xueying ]


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