Disasters & Accidents

At least 18 dead due to floods in central Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Oct 12 (efe-epa).- At least 18 people have lost their lives and another 14 remain missing after heavy flooding over the last few days in central Vietnam, where the situation may worsen in the coming hours with the arrival of a new storm.

According to the national disaster prevention center, 382 houses were destroyed by force for the water while another 109,000 were waterlogged, with structures submerged under around four meters (13 feet) of water in Quang Binh province, one of the areas worst hit by storms every year.

Footage on Vietnamese television channels showed places in the province and other nearby areas fully submerged, with hundreds of residents in floating designed to limit the damage from such disasters.

At least 50,000 people were evacuated in recent days by the authorities, who have announced the deployment of a team of 9,600 people comprising soldiers, police and volunteers in the areas most impacted by the floods.

Heavy rains began in central Vietnam in the middle of last week and peaked on Sunday, with the arrival of tropical storm Linfa, which may be followed by another tropical depression this week, according to the country’s weather service.

Central and northern Vietnam typically experience several typhoons and tropical storms every year.

Natural disasters caused 132 deaths in 2019, mostly from flooding and landslides due to heavy rains. EFE-EPA

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