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Flash floods kill six in northwestern region

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HCMC – Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have claimed six lives, left one person missing and damaged hundreds of houses in the northwestern region.

Due to the impact of the low pressure system, the northern region has experienced torrential rains since August 17, with rainfall measuring 300 millimeters, the local media reported.

In Vinh Phuc Province, two people have been killed by floodwaters, while Lao Cai, Son La, Lai Chau and Thai Nguyen provinces have each reported one death, according to the national steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control.

Floods have also destroyed 350 houses in the region, with 48 in Son La, 33 in Thai Nguyen, 97 in Ha Giang, 30 in Lao Cai and 142 in Dien Bien, while over 550 hectares of rice have been damaged by floodwaters.

Many provinces in the northeastern region may experience heavy rains, with rainfall ranging from 50 to 150 millimeters from today, August 20, to August 22, according to the national weather center.

Meanwhile, the mountainous northern region will see heavy downpours of up to 250 millimeters during the three-day period.

The water level in the Thao River in Yen Bai Province is forecast to peak at 33.1 meters, over one meter higher than the alarming level No. 3 tonight, while Phu Tho Province will see river water levels reach 17.8 meters, 0.3 meters higher than the alarming level No. 1.

Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Son La, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang and Cao Bang provinces may face flash floods and landslides from today until August 22, said the national steering committee.

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