Localities step up measures to deal with flooding consequences

Tuesday, 2019-08-06 10:37:19
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Vehicles and machinery mobilised to fix routes suffering from erosion in Muong Lat district, Thanh Hoa province. (Photo: NDO/Tuan Binh)
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NDO – Localities in the North and Central regions are stepping up measures to overcome the flooding consequences caused by storm Wipha.

As of the afternoon on August 5, torrential rains and flooding brought about by Wipha – the third tropical storm to hit Vietnam this year – over the last several days have claimed the lives of eight people, while 11 remain missing. Natural disasters also damaged hundreds of houses and disrupted electricity supply.

Currently, localities are continuing to search for missing people and maintain communication with remote and isolated areas cut by flooding.

Landslides and floods damaged houses and caused blockages on many roads in Thanh Hoa. The province has directed border posts to be ready and to strengthen coordination with other forces to support locals in dealing with floods and relocating people to safe places.

In Yen Bai province, on August 5, rains continued pouring down, making water levels in the Red River rise sharply, causing flooding and traffic blockages in several areas. In An Luong commune, Van Chan district, floods washed away three temporary bridges and inundated rice fields.

Due to the influence of the typhoon’s circulation, Bac Can province continues to suffer from heavy rains on a large scale.

Heavy rains also cause a huge volume of flood water flow to the Nam Non and Nam Mo Rivers in Nghe An province, forcing some local hydropower plant reservoirs to discharge.

On August 5, floods also caused erosion on some parts of Day River dyke in Dong Tien and Doi Binh communes, Ung Hoa district, Hanoi.

According to the national weather service, the northern mountainous region and Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces remain at high risk of flash floods, landslides and flooding.