Power supply will meet the anticipated surge in demand during the dry season this year, said Dang Huy Cuong, director of the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Viet Nam.
For the second time this year Saturday, residents in Quang Ngai Province – this time on Ly Son Island – fled their homes and sought refuge in high places following a rumor that a tsunami was imminent.
Thousands went up a mountain and buildings until Sunday when local authorities assured them it was just a rumor.
“We confirmed through the radio and loudspeaker system that the tsunami information was just a groundless rumor and advised all of them to return home,” Vo Xuan Huyen, secretary of the island district party committee, said.
Local authorities had also sent staff to many areas to personally talk to people, but it was not until 4 am Sunday that they agreed to return, he said.
The police have launched an investigation to identify the source of the rumor.
Residents told the police that at around 8 pm Saturday, fishermen working in the sea off Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spartly) Islands informed their families in the island’s An Hai Commune that a tsunami might hit Ly Son soon.
At the same time, some others also claimed to have seen a warning on television and the Internet.
The rumor raged through the island and people believed it easily since at the same time the sky began darkening and heavy rain and strong winds lashed the island.
Thousands rushed to buy food before heading upward.
In March 6,000 families in Binh Son District fled to the top of the Dong Tranh Mountain following a tsunami rumor.