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​Serious flooding submerges Hoi An Ancient Town in central Vietnam

​Serious flooding submerges Hoi An Ancient Town in central Vietnam

Sunday, November 05, 2017, 11:10 GMT+7

The famous Hoi An Ancient Town in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam has been submerged by serious inundation, causing many areas to be isolated, amid storm Damrey making landfall in Vietnam.

Flooding started at around 6:00 pm on Saturday, Le Thi Nhi, a resident and owner of a souvenir shop in the town, stated, adding that her family had to stay at a relative’s house due to the incident.

Hoi An Ancient Town is the most popular tourist destination in the namesake city, located in Quang Nam Province.

Local residents travel by boat due to the inundation.
Local residents travel by boat due to the inundation.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday morning, rising floodwaters accompanied by heavy rains caused many streets in Hoi An to be severely inundated.

Bach Dang Street, which is adjacent to the Hoai River, was sunk under floodwaters as high as 1.5 meters, while the An Hoi Bridge, which crosses the waterway, was also under the water.

Floodwaters on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, which is parallel to Bach Dang Road, were also about one meter high.

Residents living along these streets had moved their belongings to higher areas on Saturday.

Local residents travel by boat due to the inundation.
Local residents travel by boat due to the inundation.

By 7:00 am on Sunday, the inundation had continued affecting Tran Phu Street, Minh An Ward, and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge, forcing locals to travel by boat.

According to Nguyen The Hung, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in Hoi An City, floods have reached an alarming level and continue to worsen.

The local committee for flood and storm control is closely monitoring the situation and is ready to evacuate residents and tourists in the affected neighborhoods.

The water level reaches the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.
The water level reaches the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge.

Damrey reached land at 4 am on Friday with winds gusting at up to 90 kmph (56 mph) that tore off more than 1,000 roofs, knocked down hundreds of electricity poles and uprooted trees.

A score have been reported dead and huge damage has plagued localities along the central coast.

The government said more than 40,000 hectares of crops had been damaged, including sugar cane, rice fields and rubber plantations, Reuters reported, adding that more than 40 flights were cancelled.

Flooding on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street
Flooding on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street

Floods killed more than 80 people in northern Vietnam last month while a typhoon wreaked havoc in central provinces in September, the news agency said.

The country of over 90 million people is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline.

Floodwater reaches Hoi An Market.
Floodwater reaches Hoi An Market.

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