Many locations in central Vietnam have been severely flooded due to prolonged downpours brought about by tropical storm Damrey.
Since the typhoon made landfall in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa on Saturday, torrential rain has battered a large area of the central region and lingered until Sunday.
In Thua Thien-Hue Province, water in the Huong River has reached an alarming level and is still rising, causing floodwaters as high as 0.3 to 0.5 meters in low-lying areas.
In the provincial capital city of Hue, many residential areas and major streets were severely flooded.
According to the provincial committee for flood and storm control, rainfall between 200 and 630 millimeters has been recorded in the locality, resulting in serious inundation in local rivers.
In the central city of Da Nang, heavy rain has also led to flooding, exacerbated by the water discharge of nearby reservoirs.
The situation is most devastating in Hoa Vang District as many major streets were submerged and over 20 villages isolated, forcing local residents to travel by boat.
Floodwaters are expected to continue rising on Sunday, Nguyen Van Ly, head of the Hoa Vang Office of Natural Resources and Environment, said, adding that residents in dangerous areas would be evacuated.
Meanwhile, about 24,000 houses in Dai Loc District, located in the central province of Quang Nam, have been ravaged by the flooding, of which 2,500 were submerged by over one meter high floodwaters.
About 716 trees have been uprooted in the locality, Ho Ngoc Man, chairman of the Dai Loc People’s Committee, said, adding that landslides have damaged several local streets.
In the central province of Quang Ngai, multiple streets including Quang Trung, Nguyen Nghiem, Phan Dinh Tung, and Tran Hung Dao, were sunk by water as high as up to 0.5 meters.
Residential areas in Binh Son, Nghia Hanh, Mo Duc, and Tu Nghia were isolated by the inundation, while hundreds of families have been evacuated to safe areas.
Damrey is the 12th storm to hit Vietnam this year and is the strongest typhoon to make landfall, in Khanh Hoa Province, in the past two decades.
As of Sunday afternoon, at least 27 deaths have been reported while 22 others remain nowhere to be found.
More than 40,000 houses were destroyed and countless utility posts and trees were knocked down.
|Flooding in Hue City, located in Thua Thien-Hue, on November 5, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|People travel on a boat in Hue City. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Serious flooding in Hoa Nhon Commune, Hoa Vang District, located in the central city of Da Nang. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Local residents are being evacuated in Hoa Vang District, Da Nang. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|A resident in Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam Provicne, travels on a boat. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|A house is surrounded by floodwaters in the central province of Quang Nam. Photo: Tuoi Tre|