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Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island grapples with massive flooding

Tuesday, August 06, 2019, 10:35 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island grapples with massive flooding
Local residents walk along a flooded street on Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam, on August 5, 2019. Photo: Duy Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Ceaseless downpours over the past four days have resulted in massive flooding on Phu Quoc, an island district administered by the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang.

Multiple areas across the island have been submerged under rainwater as the result of continuous heavy rains that started on Friday, Pham Van Nghiep, deputy chairman of the Phu Quoc District administration, stated on Monday.

Duong Dong Town suffered the most serious inundation as several neighborhoods were flooded with chest-high water, he said.

A man stands in the middle of chest-high rainwater in Duong Dong Town on Phu Quoc Island. Photo: Duong Ngan / Tuoi Tre

A man stands in the middle of chest-high rainwater in Duong Dong Town on Phu Quoc Island. Photo: Duong Ngan / Tuoi Tre

Authorities had to cut power supply in one of these neighborhoods to ensure safety for local residents.

Some locations in Cua Duong, Cua Can, and Duong To Communes were also isolated by the flooding, according to Nghiep.

Police, border guard, and military officers have been mobilized to evacuate residents in dangerous areas to higher places.

Two women push a motorbike on a heavily flooded street.

Two women push a motorbike on a heavily flooded street on Phu Quoc Island.

Many people attributed the flood to the encroachment and filling of local streams, adversely affecting the drainage capacity of the island.

“Don’t blame the weather,” a local resident remarked.

“There was rain-caused flooding in the past, but it was not as serious as the current deluge because streams and canals had yet to be encroached on.”

Another reason is believed to be an increase in household garbage which obstructs the flow of water in local sewers.

A man scoops rainwater out of his house.

A man scoops rainwater out of his house.

Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Duong Dong Town becomes a river.

Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Duong Dong Town becomes a river.

A resident paddles along a flooded road.

A resident paddles along a flooded road.

Local residents evacuate to higher areas.

Local residents evacuate to higher areas.

Residents struggle to travel on a submerged neighborhood.

Residents struggle to travel in a submerged neighborhood.

A woman carries her dog as she evacuates from the flooded area.

A woman carries her dog as she evacuates from a flooded area.

Officers offer assistance for residents in Duong Dong Town.

Officers offer assistance to residents in Duong Dong Town.

Rainwater is so high that authorities have to cut power supply at a neighborhood in Duong Dong Town.

Rainwater is so high that authorities have to cut power supply in a neighborhood in Duong Dong Town.

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