Floods kill eight in central provinces


Nature’s wrath: A flash flood in Muong Xen township in Nghe An province brought soil, rocks and debris from upstream, severely disrupting people’s lives. — 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.

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% 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.

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

Downpours are forecast to reduce in the north central region today, 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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