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One dead, two missing as heavy rain causes flooding in central Vietnam

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 12:56 GMT+7
One dead, two missing as heavy rain causes flooding in central Vietnam
Rescue workers carry residents on floodwaters in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

One person died and two others remained missing as of Tuesday morning as a downpour starting the previous day caused widespread inundation and severely disrupted road traffic in the two central Vietnamese provinces of Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue.

A 66-year-old woman in Quang Nam was swept away by floodwaters on Monday while she was attempting to pedal along a submerged part of a road during a morning shopping trip.

Her body was found next to a rice paddy later on the same day.

Two men, one in Quang Nam and another in Thua Thien-Hue, were unaccounted for after floodwaters carried them away on Monday and late Sunday evening.

A man waded in floodwaters in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A man waded in floodwaters in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An excavator removes garbage stuck on a major road in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An excavator removes garbage stuck on a major road in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The deluge that came on Sunday brought a rainfall ranging from 30 to 650 mm, followed by a flood in multiple areas of the two provinces.

It caused damage to rice paddies and forced over 1,800 families in Quang Nam to be evacuated to safety.

Police blocked a seriously inundated portion of National Route 1 – one of Vietnam’s longest road routes – in the province to divert traffic.

Schools across the two provinces are closing on Tuesday.

The authorities warned of heavy rain, resultant flashfloods and landslides in the area on Tuesday.

Residents sit an elevated place above floodwaters in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Residents sit an elevated place above floodwaters in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A truck runs near a flooded part of a road in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A truck runs near a flooded part of a road in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Motorcyclists take shelter as the road to their homes was submerged by water in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Motorcyclists take shelter as the road to their homes was submerged by water in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Police block traffic to a flooded road portion in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Police block traffic to a flooded road portion in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Pigs are moved to a higher ground following a flood in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Pigs are moved to a higher ground following a flood in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam, December 10, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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