|Local people must use raft to move motorbike. Photo: SGGP|
By 19h on Nov. 1, Hanoi alone had lost 17 people in the flooding, including four in the inner city. Nearly 13,000 houses were inundated, and some 1,500 households were evacuated. More than 50,600 ha of summer crops were completely destroyed and 9,000 ha under aquaculture were submerged. The total loss for the capital city was estimated at 3 trillion VND.
Non-stop heavy rains lasting from the morning of Oct. 30 has caused more people dead and missing.
Northern Hoa Binh province and central Nghe An province each lost two citizens, one of them being teenage child .
One person in northern Vinh Phuc province was killed by lightening, while central Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces and mid-land Thai Nguyen province each had one persons swept away by floods.
The rains also caused flooding in a number of areas across Vietnam , submerging crops and roads, and resulting in serious traffic jams in northern localities.
The heaviest falls in decades are forecast to last for two more days. The rainfall in the northern and northern central regions early this morning were measured at 420mm in Hanoi, 627mm in Ha Dong city, and 442 mm in outskirt Dong Anh town, compared to a record of 394mm in 1984.
Excluding the on-going historic flooding, natural disasters in October caused 97 people dead and
missing, and 121 injured. Over 20,000 ha of rice and other crops were completely damaged, nearly 2,000 ha under aquaculture were destroyed, and 1,800 houses were swept away.
The total loss caused by natural calamities in the month was estimated at over 1,700 billion VND.
The government has allocated 210 billion VND from the State budget and 2,200 tonnes of rice to four hardest-hit northern provinces .
Other relief aids worth 12 billion VND and nearly 4 tonnes of rice from the local budgets and other sources have also been delivered to people in these provinces.
Three consecutive storms hit the country in late September and early October, causing food shortages to 31,900 households with 147,000 people in northern, mid-land, and central regions, or 0.28 percent of the total of farmers’ households nationwide