At least 18 dead or missing after severe floods hit Vietnam

At least 18 people have died or are missing after heavy rains affecting Vietnam since November 26, 2021, caused severe floods and damage.

The death toll was confirmed by Vietnam Disaster Management Agency (VDMA) on December 1. The worst affected was Phu Yen with 10 fatalities, Binh Dinh with 3, Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak with 2, and Kon Tum with 1.

Nearly 60 000 homes were flooded, with 31 100 in Binh Dinh, where floodwaters reached up to 1.2 m (3.94 feet), and 28 639 in Phui Yen.

More than 4 700 families in Phu Yen’s Tuy An District were isolated due to floodwaters.

Hundreds of families were evacuated, and around 66,000 students in the province could not go to school due to the floods.1

Song Tranh in Quang Nam registered 432 mm (17 inches) of rain in 24 hours to November 29. In 24 hours to November 30, 429 mm (16.9 inches) was registered in Ea Bar in Phu Yen and 368 mm (14.5 inches) in My Thuan Lake, Binh Dinh.2

From November 26 to 30, areas of Bac Tra My District in Quang Nam Province saw 874 mm (34.4 inches) of rain, while Ba Le in Quang Ngai Province recorded 834 mm (32.8 inches).

The rains have subsided and efforts are underway to locate those missing, the government said in a statement.3

Some national highways, inter-provincial, and local roads were partially blocked, it added.

In addition, the floods have inundated 780 ha (1 927 acres) of rice fields, although no damage has been reported so far to coffee farms.

References:

1 11 killed in central Vietnam floods - VNEXPRESS

2 Vietnam – 18 Dead or Missing as Floods Worsen - FloodList

3 Rains trigger floods and landslides in Vietnam, 18 missing - tuoitrenews

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