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Four killed, missing as rain, flood wreak havoc in central Vietnam

Saturday, December 03, 2016, 10:30 GMT+7

The heavy rainfall and flooding in central Vietnam have claimed two lives and left severe damages to houses and properties on Friday, the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said.

Several provinces, from the central Thua Thien-Hue Province to Binh Thuan in the south-central region have been hit with floods and continuous downpours since the middle of this week.

As of Friday, the foul weather has killed two people and injured two others in Binh Dinh, while two people in the central province of Quang Ngai also went missing, according to a report by the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

The rainfall and flooding also inundated more 4,200 houses, 3,800 of which are in Binh Dinh and 460 others in Quang Ngai.

A total area of 7,410 hectares of paddy fields in these two provinces has also been flooded, whereas a few kilometers of roads and canals were damaged due to the rain and flood.

In Binh Dinh, the provincial military unit has dispatched nearly 600 soldiers to help local residents deal with flooding from Wednesday to Friday.

According to the latest weather forecast, central provinces from Thua Thien-Hue Province to Binh Thuan will continue to experience heavy downpours until the end of Saturday. Rainfall is forecast to return to coastal provinces from Thua Thien-Hue to Phu Yen on Tuesday next week.

Flood alert remains on for these provinces during these times.

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