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Flash floods kill at least eight in central provinces

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Heavy rains have triggered flooding in central Vietnam in recent days, with at least eight people killed in Phu Yen and Binh Dinh provinces and tens of thousands of homes submerged in the two provinces.

A report by the national steering committee for flood and storm control said today, December 1, that torrential rains and rain-triggered floods in the past few days have wreaked havoc on central provinces from Quang Ngai to Phu Yen, and on the Central Highlands. More than 59,000 homes have been flooded.

The Phu Yen committee for natural disaster control, search and rescue this morning said that five people in the districts of Phu Hoa, Son Hoa and Tay Hoa were swept away by flash floods, while another victim was identified in Tuy Hoa City.

Over 28,640 houses, mainly in Tuy Hoa City, were flooded, while one house in Tuy An District collapsed, the local media reported.

Last night, many parts of the province evacuated over 5,500 families with more than 18,500 local residents to safe areas.

Elsewhere in Binh Dinh Province, flash floods have claimed three lives and injured two other people, according to the provincial committee for natural disaster control, search and rescue.

Over 23,600 houses were inundated under floodwaters, while eight others collapsed. The province has seen 55 schools submerged and damaged due to flooding.

Ho Dac Chuong, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said today that the floods were subsiding slowly in some parts of the province.

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