Many provinces across central Vietnam and the region’s hub of Da Nang have been submerged due to heavy downpours caused by an enhanced cold spell over the weekend.
In the north-central province of Thua Thien-Hue, hundreds of students from more than 20 schools in Phu Loc and Long Dien Districts were given a day off on Monday as multiple areas are still inundated following Sunday’s rain.
Continuous rain on Saturday and Sunday also resulted in severe landslides across nearby Quang Tri Province.
Quang Tri authorities confirmed on Sunday they had found the bodies of two women in a family in the provincial capital of Dong Ha who had been washed away by floodwater on Saturday night.
|A dyke in the north-central province of Quang Tri is heavily damaged by prolonged downpours.|
Meanwhile, authorities in Tam Ky, the capital of the central province of Quang Nam, had to evacuate children and elderly residents in multiple neighborhoods to higher ground on Sunday night as lashing rain hit the area.
As of 9:00 pm on the same day, such streets as Phan Boi Chau, Phan Chau Trinh, and Hung Vuong in Tam Ky were still heavily flooded, while downpours continued to dampen the locality.
Authorities in An My Ward said on Monday morning they were searching for a 54-year-old man who had gone missing after being swept away on the previous night.
|A school in the south-central province of Quang Ngai is flooded.|
The Quang Nam steering committee for natural disasters warned that torrential rain would linger until Monday morning.
In the south-central province of Quang Ngai, rainfall of up to 400 millimeters was recorded on Saturday and Sunday.
As water levels in local rivers remained high, local authorities have prepared necessary measures to deal with inundation, flashfloods, and mudslides.
All students across Quang Ngai were allowed to take a day off on Monday for safety reasons, according to the provincial Department of Education and Training.
|Heavy rain dampened Tam Ky City on the night of December 9, 2018.|
Similarly, more than 12,000 students of kindergartens, elementary schools, and middle schools in several districts in south-central Binh Dinh Province were asked to stay home on the same day.
Heavy rain that started on early Sunday morning in Da Nang also caught many residents off guard as sudden and large-scale flooding gave them no time to react.
In some areas, rainwater was as high as one meter.
The National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting confirmed on Sunday that downpours in central Vietnam were the result of an enhanced cold front.
|Many shops were closed due to inundation in Da Nang City on December 9, 2018.|
|People struggle to travel on a flooded street in south-central Binh Dinh Province.|