​At least seven dead, two missing after tropical cyclone in central Vietnam

Most of the victims were washed away by floodwater

Flooding in Huong Son District, located in the north-central province of Ha Tinh, on October 10, 2017. Photo Tuoi Tre

At least seven people have been killed and two others are still missing after a tropical cyclone in north-central Vietnam.

Nguyen Sy Hung, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nghe An Province, confirmed on Tuesday evening that seven people had lost their lives in the area.

Six of the victims were washed away by floodwater while the other was electrocuted during the storm.

About 584 houses were submerged in water brought about by rainfall of between 70 and 320 millimeters in some areas, Hung continued.

Students in Vinh City, Nghe An, were allowed to stay at home as streets in the area were severely inundated, he added.

A man walks on a severely flooded street in Huong Son District, Ha Tinh Province, on October 10, 2017.
A man walks on a severely flooded street in Huong Son District, Ha Tinh Province, on October 10, 2017.

In Thanh Hoa Province, two border guard officers are still missing after their car was swept away during their attempts to help local residents.

In Ha Tinh Province, several districts including Huong Khe, Vu Quang, and Huong Son have been devastated by floodwater and landslides since the cyclone made landfall on Tuesday morning.

A total of 146 families in Huong Son District have been relocated.

In Vu Quang District, 564 households were trapped by floodwater.

A house in Huong Son District, Ha Tinh Province, is isolated by floodwater.
A house in Huong Son District, Ha Tinh Province, is isolated by floodwater.

In the northern province of Yen Bai, a mudslide occurred at Lam Giang Train Station, compromising many of the local railway operations.

According to Doi Sy Hung, deputy director of Vietnam Railways, the location of the train station makes it hard for large trucks to approach.

The problem is expected to be solved by October 13, Hung said.

Passengers using the affected routes will be transported by cars, he added.

Residents of Ha Tinh Province travel on rafts as local streets are inundated.
Residents of Ha Tinh Province travel on rafts as local streets are inundated.
Excavators remove rocks and soil after a landslide at Lam Giang Train Station in the northern province of Yen Bai.
Excavators remove rocks and soil after a landslide at Lam Giang Train Station in the northern province of Yen Bai.
Railways at Lam Giang Station are blocked by a mudslide.
Railways at Lam Giang Station are blocked by a mudslide.

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