Central provinces continue to struggle with floods

Floods, brought on by torrential rains, have occurred in the central provinces over the last few days, wreaking havoc on the localities which already suffered from devastating floods some weeks ago.

Floods inundate Phuong My Primary School in Phuong My commune, Huong Khe district, Ha Tinh province. (Credit: NDO)
Floods inundate Phuong My Primary School in Phuong My commune, Huong Khe district, Ha Tinh province. (Credit: NDO)

The Prime Minister has sent an official telegraph to authorities of the provinces, asking them to take proactive measures to respond to flooding, minimise human and property losses, and swiftly address flood consequences.

The telegraph says that due to impacts of a cold spell and winds from the east, heavy rains have been recorded in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces since October 30. The total rainfall is between 200-300mm, even 400-500mm in a number of places in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh.

Many localities which are working to recover from the mid-October flood continue to be inundated and isolated.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said a rainfall of 50-100mm within six hours was reported in the provinces from Quang Binh to Quang Ngai on November 1. The rainfall even reached 105mm in Khe Sanh town of Quang Tri, 114mm in A Luoi district and 104mm in Nam Dong district of Thua Thien-Hue.

Rivers traversing Cam Lo and Gio Linh districts and Dong Ha city of Quang Tri province have been overflowing while floodwater has inundated a number of houses and a large area of crops.

In Cam Lo, one person is missing, and another was injured in Cam Hieu commune. More than 2,000 houses and over 200ha of crops have been deluged with floodwater, which has also damaged some 50km of roads.

Torrential rains caused serious erosion on many road stretches, triggering traffic congestion in mountainous districts, especially Nam Tra My and Bac Tra My of Quang Nam province.

Notably, over 5,000 cubic metres of rock and earth was washed onto a section of National Road 40B in Tra Bui commune of Bac Tra My district, blocking traffic.

In Nam Dong district of Thua Thien-Hue province, downpours have also flooded many roads and houses in Khe Tre town, resulting in traffic jams, said Chairwoman of the Nam Dong People’s Committee Le Thi Thu Huong.

In Phu Loc district, flooding forced hundreds of students at the Loc Tri 1 Primary School stay at home on November 1.

Meanwhile, forces are being deployed in Phong Dien district to cope with floods in areas near the O Lau River, of which the water level is rising quickly.