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Over 30,000 households isolated by serious flooding in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Thursday, August 08, 2019, 14:16 GMT+7
Over 30,000 households isolated by serious flooding in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Residents push a broken-down motorcycle in a flooded area in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on August 7, 2019. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

More than 30,000 families in Dak Lak Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, have been left isolated from help and support after floods overtook in the area following heavy downpours earlier this week.

Rainfall in localities throughout the province ranged from 70 and 360 millimeters on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, submerging towns and neighborhoods across Dak Lak, according to the provincial steering committee for disaster prevention.

As of 5:00 pm on Wednesday, over 30,000 households in Ia Lop, Ia R’ve, Ia Loi, and Ea Rok Communes in Ea Sup District were declared unreachable because of the flooding.

Competent authorities use a boat to assist residents in affected areas. Photo: Ngoc Lan / Tuoi Tre

Authorities use a boat to assist residents in the affected areas. Photo: Ngoc Lan / Tuoi Tre

Local authorities are focusing their efforts on evacuating residents in dangerous locations, Nguyen Dinh Toan, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in Ea Sup District, stated.

Temporary shelters, along with food and medicine, have also been prepared for the affected residents, Toan added.

Preliminary reports showed that more than 6,000 hectares of crops and plantations in the province has been flooded, while 167 cattle and 1,211 chickens have been killed. About 585 houses were also submerged.

A man is evacuated from his flooded house. Photo: Ngoc Lan / Tuoi Tre

A man is evacuated from his flooded house. Photo: Ngoc Lan / Tuoi Tre

The damage is worth approximately VND700 billion (US$30 million).

According to the province’s weather station, rainfall of 80 to 150 millimeters is in the forecast on Thursday, with high risks of inundation, flashfloods, and landslides in some areas.

The water level in the Serepok River has been rising, which may result in further flooding.

A flooded street in Ea Sup District, Dak Lak Province. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

A flooded street in Ea Sup District, Dak Lak Province. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

Authorities have advised local and relevant agencies to pay attention to high water levels in local reservoirs.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression in the East Vietnam Sea is weakening into a low-pressure zone, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

Downpours are expected to occur in southern Vietnam and the Central Highlands on Thursday and Friday.

Crops and houses are submerged due to heavy rain. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

Crops and houses are submerged due to heavy rain. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

Local residents evacuate to safer areas. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

Local residents evacuate to safer areas. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

A man tries to protect his home from the flooding. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

A man tries to protect his home from the flooding. Photo: Tr.Tan / Tuoi Tre

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