Flooding takes 15 lives in central region and Central Highlands

Monday, 2016-11-07 11:36:03
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Many places have been isolated by flooding in the central province of Phu Yen.
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NDO/VNA – Up to 15 people have lost their lives and another six are missing due to heavy downpours and flooding in the central region and the Central Highlands.

The figure was updated on November 6 by the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and the National Committee for Search and Rescue, collected from damage reports of 13 central and Central Highland localities affected by the prolonged downpour.

Phu Yen province suffered the heaviest losses, with seven deceased and one missing. Quang Binh recorded three deaths while two deaths were recorded in both Quang Tri and Binh Dinh. One death was reported in Dak Lak province.

Heavy rain started on October 31 and continued throughout the week, flooding nearly 41,000 houses across the two regions, of which 223 houses were damaged by up to 50 to 70%, according to the report of the Department of Disaster Prevention in the Central Region and Central Highlands.

The agriculture sector was hit badly with about 12,000 ha of paddy and vegetable fields under water, while 42,724 poultry and 440 cattle were drowned or washed away.

The Department estimated the economic damage caused by the flooding at VND492 billion (US$21.8 million) as of November 6.

The Phu Yen provincial People’s Committee asked the Government to urgently send 1,100 tonnes of rice as aid relief for some 33,600 people affected by the flooding.

Phu Yen and Dak Lak are the only two provinces with the majority of land still submerged as of November 6.

Flood waters have fully receded in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue.

The Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention warned the provinces to keep monitoring rain and flood forecasts and be prepared to evacuate residents from areas prone to flash flooding and landslides.