Floods cause severe damage in northern and central localities

09:07 | 13/10/2017 Economy- Society

Downpours triggered by the tropical low pressure system over the past two days have threatened to overflow reservoirs and have caused serious damage to houses and roads across the northern and central regions.

Thia Bridge in Yen Bai province collapsed due to severe floods, washing away five people, including an on-duty reporter on October 11 -Credit: NDO

As of Thursday morning, 62 people have died or are still missing due to the floods. The natural disaster submerged thousands of houses in Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces.

Landslides and flooding were reported along national highways crossing these provinces, including National Highways 15A, 16, 48B, 48D, 48E. Floods broke 28 km of the dam at Co Chau Reservoir in Ha Tinh, damaging 145 ha of rice, 2 ha of orchards and over 11,600 ha of other crops.

Heavy rains have filled up almost all of the reservoirs in the region. Nine of the 132 large reservoirs, including Cua Dat, Song Muc and Dong Chua in Thanh Hoa, Vuc Mau and Song Sao in Nghe An, Song Rac, Thuong Song Tri and Kim Son in Ha Tinh and Thac Chuoi in Quang Binh, have been releasing water...

More than 5,110 households in the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An and Ha Tinh have had to evacuate their homes in low-lying and landslide-prone areas. The northern province of Ninh Binh is also moving residents in vulnerable areas in 12 communes of Nho Quan and Gia Vien districts.

The mountainous northern province of Son La has suffered from heavy human and property losses. As of 4pm of November 11, floods had claimed five lives and injured three people, while three others remained unaccounted for. Total losses are estimated at over VND40 billion.

Around 160 houses were damaged in the districts of Phu Yen, Van Ho, Muong La, Moc Chau and Bac Yen. Floods also wreaked havoc on over 180 ha of rice, 48 ha of other crops and affected hundreds of livestock and poultry in Son La. Roads to six communes in Phu Yen district, along with two bridges in Gia Phu commune, have been ruined...

In the mountainous northern province of Yen Bai, floods left 16 people dead or missing, as of 1 pm on October 11. Floods also damaged over 230 houses in Van Chan, Tram Tau district and Nghia Lo township. In Nghia Lo, Thia Bridge collapsed at 12 pm yesterday, during severe floods, causing five people to fall into the stream and go missing, including an on-duty Vietnam News Agency correspondent...Meanwhile, landslides have shut down many roads in Nghia Lo and Van Chan; dozens of landslides were reported along provincial road No. 174 from Nghia Lo to Tram Tau, blocking all transport...

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