Eight dead, missing in flashfloods and landslides in northern regions

Torrential and prolonged rainfall in the northern regions of Vietnam in the last few days has caused landslides and flashfloods in various parts, leaving eight people dead or missing.

Residents salvage belongings and clean up after floodwaters recede (Photo: SGGP)

According to the Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention in Yen Bai Province, prolonged rainfall in the last two days has triggered landslides in several spots along Highway 32B in Mu Cang Chai District, hindering the flow of traffic.

The Department of Transport in Yen Bai Province said that Highway 32B is the main route to travel from Lai Chau Province to Nghia Lo Town and Mu Cang Chai District.

Highway 32B is vital for transport of farm produce, and people from Hanoi and other provinces in the Red River Delta use this route to reach Yen Bai Province. The department has currently mobilized bulldozers and teams of workers to clear the landslide debris so as to be able to resume traffic as soon as possible.

Heavy rainfall triggered flashfloods in Lao Cai Province, where one resident was swept away in Cam Duong Commune of Lao Cai City on July 25.

Pham Duc Dung from the Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention in Lao Cai Province said that flashfloods and landslides occurred in several areas of the province, and river levels continue to surge. At least seven houses have been badly destroyed.

Luu Minh Hai, deputy director of the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, said that Red and Chay Rivers have risen to their highest level since the beginning of the flood season this year.

Flooding collapsed and swept away seven houses in Sin Ho and Phong Tho Districts of Lai Chau Province, where a small child is said to have drowned.

The Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention in Son La Province said that an eight-year-old child was swept away in Muong La District, where several houses were also swept away.

The People’s Committee of Muong La District has removed residents from landslide prone areas along Nam Pam and Muong Bu Rivers.

Ha Giang Province reported a middle aged couple has gone missing in Son Vi Commune of Meo Vac District. Yen Minh District recorded two siblings of ages four and 21 months had died when their house collapsed.

Hundreds of other households had to flee on Thursday from the swollen Bang and Hien River bank areas in Cao Bang Province.

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By Phuc Van – Translated by Hai Mien

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