Central fatal floods killing 8 more

The central provinces in central Vietnam were badly rocked by torrential downpour-triggered flooding, leaving eight dead and 10 injured on Tuesday.

Soldiers evacuate an old woman out of her flooded home in Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province on November 16 (Photo: SGGP)

In Quang Ngai Province, Binh Son was the worst hit district with two dead and nine wounded, 34 homes collapsed or badly damaged, thousand hectares of crops inundated, and one boat sinking. Total damage is estimated to be VND72 billion (US$3.6 million).

High rising floodwaters also inundated the bridge across Lien River in Ba To District and swept away Tai Nang temporary bridge in 1A Highway.

The torrential downpour together with furious winds endamaged ten hectares of onion and garlic in An Binh Commune, Ly Son island district.

On the day afternoon, thousand cubic meter of soil and stone fell in Le Thuy Village of Binh Tri Commune, over ten houses suffered wall collapse and cracks.

Meanwhile, three people was reported dead in the neighboring province of Quang Nam.

Floodwaters knocked down two spans of  Go Noi Bridge, blocking traffic from 1A Highway to some communes of Dien Ban District and isolated several communes in the mountainous districts of Nong Son and Nam Tra My.

The flood levels on Thu Bon and Vu Gia rivers approached alarming level three. Many communes were submerged in Dai Loc District, sending 3,000 residents to flee from their homes. Traffic on several roads were completely cut off.

On Monday night, the torrential rains led a bus to dive into floodwaters from 1A Highway, section through Phu Ninh District, about 30 passengers fortunately escaped death.

In Thua Thien Hue Province, three people have been reported dead and one was hurted in floods.

The flood swelled reservoirs of Binh Dien and Huong Dien hydropower plants in Huong and Bo rivers, forcing them to release water, which led 0,5-1m flooding in Hue City. Thousand households had to flee to high ground while schools were temporarily closed.

The same night, a flash flood abruptly lashed the mountainous district of An Lao in Binh Dinh Province. Nearly 4,000 cubic meter of soil and stone from mountains fell in roads in the district.

Several houses lost roofs while a host of residential areas were submerged under 0.5-0.7 meter of water.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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