Floods kill eight in central provinces of Vietnam

A flash flood occurred on Sunday morning in Muong Xen township, Ky Son District, the central province of Nghe An, bringing soil, rocks and debris from upstream, severely disrupted people's lives here. - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, Oct 3 (Vietnam News/ANN): Heavy downpours and floods in the north central region claimed the lives of eight people in the two provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh as of Sunday (Oct 2) evening.

According to the standing office of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, in Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Ha Tinh, 26 houses saw over 70 per cent of their structure damaged, 143 had their roofs blown off, 55 were affected by landslides, and over 14,000 submerged. More than 2,000 families had to relocate.

Flooding also damaged 11,435ha of rice and other crops, more than 3,800ha of industrial and fruit trees, nearly 135ha of forest, over 9,000ha of ponds and lakes, and more than 710 tonnes of salt.

The disaster also killed 155,340 cattle and poultry; affected 127 schools; 9,150 metres of canals and 82 bridges and sewers and eroded 1,550m metres of river bank.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, on Monday, heavy rains will continue across Vietnam.

Downpours are forecast to reduce in the north central region on Tuesday, but continue in the south central, Central Highlands and southern regions in the following days.

Localities are advised to continue keeping close watch on weather developments to take appropriate response measures. - Vietnam News/ANN

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