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​At least 5 dead, 8 missing as floods hit northern Vietnam

Monday, June 25, 2018, 10:28 GMT+7

At least five people have been killed and eight others missing as serious floods and landslides hit the northern Vietnamese provinces of Lai Chau and Ha Giang over the weekend.

Heavy downpours started dampening mountainous provinces in northern Vietnam on Saturday night, bringing about inundation, flashfloods, and mudslides in the region.

In Lai Chau Province, three people have died, eight gone missing, and five others injured by landslide as of Monday morning, according to the provincial steering committee for disaster prevention.

Strong current along Nam Thi Stream in the northern province of Lai Chau.

Floods have washed away some 33 houses, nearly 300 hectares of paddy field, and multiple fish farms in the province, with financial damage estimated at billions of dong (VND1 billion = US$44,000).

Traffic was also blocked at multiple locations across the locality due to landslides.

A mudslide blocks traffic in Lai Chau Province.
A mudslide blocks traffic in Lai Chau Province.

Meanwhile, in Ha Giang Province, two people in a family were killed after their house collapsed on Sunday.

A total of 25 homes in Ha Giang have given way, while about 500 others were severely inundated, forcing local residents to travel around by boats.

Nearly 60 hectares of crops and tens of hectares of paddy fields have been submerged.

Landslide occurs in Lai Chau Province.
Landslide occurs in Lai Chau Province.

According to Nguyen Duc Vinh, deputy head of the provincial steering committee for disaster prevention, people in high-risk districts have been evacuated to a safer zone.

Specialized units have also been dispatched to dangerous locations to ensure safety for locals, Vinh added.

Flooding in Ha Giang City, located in the namesake province on June 24, 2018.
Flooding in Ha Giang City, located in the namesake province on June 24, 2018

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued a document on Sunday evening, calling on local authorities to exert all efforts to ensure safety for residents, search and rescue missing victims, deal with the situation, and prevent further consequences.

He also extended his condolences to the families of the deceased and injured victims.

Residents struggle to travel on a inundated street in Ha Giang Province.
Residents struggle to travel on a inundated street in Ha Giang Province.

Torrential rain accompanied by strong winds has been expected to continue hitting the region from June 25 to 27 and mainly occur on the morning and at night, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

There will also be high risks of landslides and flashfloods across mountainous provinces, the center added.

A house in Ha Giang is submerged under water.
A house in Ha Giang is submerged under water.
Two high school students walk among floodwater in Ha Giang.
Two high school students walk among floodwater in Ha Giang.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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