Devastating floods hit Vietnam’s central provinces


Severe weather including strong winds, heavy rain, and lightning affected central provinces of Vietnam since October 15, 2019, leaving at least 4 people dead. The affected provinces are Nghe An, Binh Dinh, and Ha Tinh.

In Nghe An, three fatalities were reported, five residential properties were destroyed, and at least 5 250 homes were damaged by floodwater. The province experienced further severe weather as heavy rains triggered landslides that blocked major roads in several areas, including 48E and 15.

Moreover, on October 17, more than 5 000 houses were reportedly submerged in floodwaters in the province. Around 3 000 ha (7 413 acres) of vegetables were left ravaged.

The Vinh market, which is the biggest in the city, was flooded that it caused big losses to traders.

In Binh Dinh, one fatality was reported.

Meanwhile, in Ha Tinh province, authorities reported damage to crops. Schools were also prompted to cancel classes in several districts.

A rainfall of 133 mm (5 inches) in a 24 hour period was recorded in Ha Tinh to October 15, and around 168 mm (7 inches) in 24 hours to October 16.

Provincial authority has prompted districts and sectors to keep updating about the situation so as to conduct immediate help to protect residents and production.

Featured image credit: @qimono/Pixabay


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