Flash floods hit Sa Pa

A flash flood prompted, by torrential rains, damaged or swept away several houses and injured two people in the northwestern province of Lao Cai at 7:30pm August 4.

Rescue forces help residents rebuild houses in Sa Pa District, Lao Cai Province

After the nearly one hour downpour, flood waters abruptly flowed down from Ham Rong Mountain and overwhelmed Sa Pa Town, said Hau A Lenh, Sa Pa District Party committee secretary. The mountain is located in the center of town.

This is the second time the province has been inundated by flash floods this year.

During the flood, primary school teacher Luong Thi Min, 50, was swept away as she was cutting grass near Nhu Spring, said Ma Quang Trung, director of Lao Cai Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Search and rescue forces found the woman’s body the next morning, according to a Dan Tri Newspaper report.

Lao Cai authorities moved to urgently evacuate 492 households from Van Ban, Bao Yen, Bat Xat and Sa Pa Districts.

By Phuc Hau – Translated by Hai Mien

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