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​Central Vietnam continues to struggle with flooding, landslides

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 10:50 GMT+7

Prolonged downpours have caused flooding and landslides across central Vietnam this week.

Districts from the north-central province of Quang Tri to the south-central province of Quang Ngai have become severely inundated after torrential rain over recent days.

In Quang Binh Province, a section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway in Truong Son Commune is completely blocked following a mudslide, local authorities said on Tuesday.

Specialized excavation vehicles will be brought in once the downpours subside, they added.

In Quang Nam Province, water levels in major rivers such as Thu Bon and Vu Gia remained high on Tuesday evening, while local reservoirs were also releasing water, resulting in serious flooding and several neighborhoods being cut-off.

In the mountainous Bac Tra My District, over 500 households have been evacuated to avoid potential landslides.Streets in Nong Son, Dai Loc, and Thang Binh Districts remain submerged in up to one meter of water.

The north-to-south railway was once again paralyzed on Tuesday morning after the SE4 train hit displaced rocks along the track.

Fortunately, nobody was injured, however, the front carriage of the train was damaged, causing hours-long delays.

A flooded street in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam on November 21, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A flooded street in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam on November 21, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, more rain is predicted for Quang Tri and Binh Dinh Provinces from November 22 to 26, posing a serious risk of flashflooding and mudslides.In Thua Thien- Hue Province, local authorities have confirmed that three people have died due to flooding since Monday.

Provinces from Thanh Hoa to Thua Thien- Hue, as well as more northern areas, will experience a drop in temperature.

An official climbs over the fence to enter the flooded administration headquarters in Binh Tu Commune, Quang Nam Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An official climbs over the fence to enter the flooded administration headquarters in Binh Tu Commune, Quang Nam Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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