According to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, as many as 77 people in the Northern and Central provinces were reported dead or missing due to widespread flooding caused by torrential rains.
Specifically, at least 37 people died, including 5 in Son La, 4 in Yen Bai, 11 in Hoa Binh, 8 inThanh Hoa, 8 in Nghe An and 1 in Hanoi city. Meanwhile, 40 people are still missing, and 21 injured are hospitalized.
More than 217 houses have completely collapsed, 17,000 others are submerged in water, and nearly 800 households had been evacuated, the report says.
|Particularly, a landslide buried four houses and 18 people in the early morning in Phu Cuong commune, Tan Lac district, in the northern province of Hoa Binh.
As of October 12, there were still 8,071 hectares of rice and 31,000 hectares of other crops were submerged in water, with Hoa Binh and Ninh Binh provinces suffering the most. In addition, nearly 41,000 livestock and poultry died or washed away by floods.
Localities are still updating loses and damages.
A tropical depression hit central Vietnam on October 10, causing continuous heavy rains in the following days.
By Phung Nguyen
In the face of abnormal and serious flooding over the past few days, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cancelled a scheduled meeting with voters in Hai Phong city in order to travel to the northern province of Ninh Binh to check on the local dykes this morning.
The PM made an inspection of the Hoang Long River dyke which protects Ninh Binh city and National Highway 1A from the swollen river. Water levels in the Hoang Long River in Nho Quan and Gia Vien districts reached 5.3m, higher than the record flood level in 1985.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung and provincial officials arrived at the scene to supervise the search for the victims. At the scene, he requested that the functional forces use all means necessary to quickly search for the missing victims. Local authorities were urged to coordinate with the relevant agencies and families to provide thoughtful care to the deceased.
Hoa Binh province has also relocated more than 300 households in the downstream areas of Chau Me and Hoa Binh Lakes, as well as several lowland homes at risk of landslides. After opening eight consecutive sluice gates, as of 7:30 am this morning, Hoa Binh Reservoir closed five, while continuing to discharge flood water through the three bottom gates.