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Flooding, heavy rains submerge over 1,300 houses, kills 3 in central Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – More than 1,300 houses have been submerged in floodwater and at least three people killed as heavy rains have triggered flooding and landslides in the central provinces in recent days.

The national steering committee for natural disaster prevention and response announced this morning, October 18, that Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Nghe An were the worst-hit provinces.

In Quang Binh Province, 1,326 houses in 23 communes, mainly in Le Thuy District, were submerged in floodwater.

In Quang Tri Province, six communes along the O Lau River in Hai Lang District and some areas in Dong Ha City and Quang Tri Town were partially flooded.

In Thua Thien-Hue Province, some areas along the Bo River in Quang Dien District were flooded.

A man and his son died after they were swept away by floodwater while collecting wood along a river near their home in Cam Muon Commune, Que Phong District, Nghe An Province.

In Hoa Binh Province, landslides destroyed a house and buried a person on Sunday.

Three others went missing in Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces.

Quang Binh Province evacuated 280 families with some 1,000 people from flooded areas to safe places.

Moreover, landslides occurred in 76 venues in Hue, Quang Nam, Nghe An and Quang Binh, causing traffic disruptions.

Floods and heavy downpours also destroyed nearly 2,000 hectares of rice and 60 hectares of crops.

Since October 15, the central region has suffered downpours of 70-150 millimeters due to a combination of a cold spell, an intertropical convergence zone and windward terrain of the Annamite Range, according to the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting.

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