Flood in Vietnam on October 12 2020 07:04 AM (UTC).
Downpours and consequent flooding among other natural disasters in Vietnam have left 28 people dead and 12 others missing in its central area and the Central Highlands over the past few days, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said Tuesday. The death toll rose significantly from 18 reported Monday. The victims were mainly reported in the localities of Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam, according to the committee's latest report. Among the 28 dead, 22 were swept away and eight others reported missing in floods, the committee said. Aerial photo taken on Oct. 13, 2020 shows an inundated area in central Vietnam's Quang Tri. (VNA via Xinhua) As of Monday night, nearly 21,800 households with roughly 66,600 people had been evacuated. Some 131,100 houses were inundated, with 415 either collapsed or damaged, according to the report. Meanwhile, 592 hectares of rice fields and nearly 4,200 hectares of other croplands were submerged, said the committee, adding that nearly 156,300 cattle and poultry animals were killed or swept away. Since Oct. 5, downpours have hit Vietnam's central and Central Highlands localities, with the accumulative rainfall surpassing 1,800 mm in some areas. People repair a road damaged by downpours and flooding in central Vietnam's Quang Tri, Oct. 13, 2020. (VNA via Xinhua) In the coming days, large-scale inundation is expected to continue in low-lying areas in the central provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam, said the report. Until Sept. 22 this year, natural disasters had left 93 people dead or missing and 272 injured in Vietnam, according to the committee. The disasters, mainly whirlwinds, floods, landslides and downpours, also caused economic losses of about 5 trillion Vietnamese dong (217.4 million U.S. dollars) during the period, said the committee.
Prolonged downpours caused by two tropical depressions have caused severe flooding across central Vietnamese provinces, leaving 18 people dead and 14 missing, the government said Monday, with yet another tropical storm looming. "As of Sunday evening, a total of 15 deaths and 10 missing people were reported in provinces stretching along the central Vietnamese coastline and up into the central highlands," Vietnam's Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said in a report released on Monday. Rough seas have sunk eight ships along the coast, including a cargo vessel that had 12 crew members on board authorities could only rescue 11 workers, one fell into the sea and drowned, his body found late on Sunday. Two more people died at sea while four others remain missing in other incidents. Local authorities have evacuated nearly 50,000 people to places of safety, the Committee said. The popular resort town of Hoi An is completely inundated, with all tourist activities ceased. Central parts of the country have experienced heavy rains since Tuesday after an incoming cold spell combined with tropical turbulence. Some locations received up to 1,200 millimetres of rain over the past week, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said. Torrential rains have flooded more than 26,000 houses in the region, along with at least 70 schools. The relentless deluge has destroyed 382 houses and damaged 110,000 others. Authorities have warned that more flash floods and landslides will occur in the coming days as the country is bracing for another incoming tropical depression, one that may grow into a tropical storm in the coming days.