Disasters & Accidents

1 dead, thousands displaced due to floods in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Oct 25 (EFE).- At least one person has died, three are missing and thousands have been evacuated to central Vietnam due to heavy rains that have caused heavy flooding and are expected to continue throughout the week, according to the meteorological department Monday.

The national disaster management authorities said in a report that one person lost his life on being carried away by the current, while the three missing were fishermen out on a small boat near the coast when the storm hit.

Quang Nai has been the worst affected province, where at least 4,500 people were evacuated over the weekend.

Footage aired by the local media show hundreds of people saving their belongings from some of the 11,000 houses that were flooded, with floods up to two meters high at some points.

Following the heavy rains in the last two days, the Vietnamese meteorological services expect another weather storm in the South China Sea to hit the central and southern coasts of the country in the coming days.

Natural disasters, especially floods and landslides due to rains, caused at least 378 deaths last year in Vietnam, one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of global warming. EFE


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