Floods leave five dead, ten missing in Central Region

Saturday, 2016-11-05 12:35:04
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NDO—Heavy rains and floods have killed five and left ten missing in the Central provinces as of November 4, according to the Sub-Department of Disaster Prevention and Control for the Central Region.

The deaths and disappearances were reported in the provinces of Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien–Hue, Dak Lak, Quang Ngai and Phu Yen.

Heavy rains and floods also caused 33 houses to collapse, damaged 131 others and inundated a further 29,860 others. Up to 2,000 hectares of rice and 498 hectares of crops and plants were submerged while 249 heads of cattle and 9,570 heads of poultry, were swept away.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, on November 5, the tropical pressure system kept moving west-northwest at a speed of 15km per hour.

Weather forecasts said the Central provinces would continue to experience more rain with total rainfall estimated at between 30-80mm.

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

Many locales working to recover from the mid-October floods are still inundated or isolated.

Rivers traversing Cam Lo and Gio Linh Districts and the city of Dong Ha in Quang Tri have seen floodwater inundate a number of houses and a large area of crops. Torrential rains have caused serious erosion on many stretches of road, triggering traffic congestion in mountainous districts.