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Downpours unleash devastating floods throughout Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Friday, August 09, 2019, 14:21 GMT+7
Downpours unleash devastating floods throughout Vietnam’s Central Highlands
A resident is taken out of a flooded area in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong via a zip line on August 8, 2019. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Many localities across Vietnam’s Central Highlands have been submerged and isolated after continuous rains unleashed flooding over the past days, prompting local authorities to take all measures possible to ensure safety for the affected residents.

In Lat Commune, Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province, a flashflood hit a major agricultural production area on early Thursday morning, leaving 45 people, including seven children, stranded.

As the bridge leading to the area was submerged under fast-flowing floodwater, rescue units were forced to use zip lines to bring the victims to safety.

The rescue effort ended successfully after five hours.

According to Doan Manh Toan, deputy head of the provincial department of firefighting police, using the zip line was the most viable option as the water flow was too strong for rescuers to operate a speedboat.

“We had to do it carefully and quickly because we worried the flooding might worsen given the bad weather conditions,” Toan stated.

Rescuers use a zip line to bring residents to safety. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Rescuers use a zip line to bring residents to safety. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

According to the victims, heavy rain started on Wednesday night, but few expected such serious flooding.

The flashflood occurred at around 5:00 am on Thursday, sweeping away several farms in its path and catching local residents completely off guard.

Rescuers use a zip line to bring residents to safety. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Rescuers use a zip line to bring residents to safety. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Many other locations throughout Lam Dong Province have also experienced several floods, resulting in a loss of over 2,000 hectares of crops.

At around 1:00 am on Friday, rockslides hit six locations along the Bao Loc Pass, a major route connecting Ho Chi Minh City and the tourist city of Da Lat.

An iron basket carries women and children. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

An iron basket is used to carry women and children. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, two communes in Eu Sup District, Dak Lak Province have yet to experience any relief, thanks to heavy rains on Thursday.

Competent authorities have been exerting their best efforts to evacuate residents and their assets from dangerous areas, said Nguyen Dinh Toan, vice-chairman of the People’s Committee in Ea Sup.

A farm is swept away in Lat Commune, Lam Dong Province. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farm is swept away in Lat Commune, Lam Dong Province. Photo: M.Vinh / Tuoi Tre

In Dak Nong Province, a married couple and their three-year-old daughter were killed by a landslide on Wednesday night.

It took local authorities ten hours to dig out the bodies.

Residents are evacuated in Dak Lak Province on August 8, 2019. Photo: Dinh Nga / Tuoi Tre

Residents are evacuated in Dak Lak Province on August 8, 2019. Photo: Dinh Nga / Tuoi Tre

Statistics from the provincial steering committee for disaster prevention showed that about 1,000 hectares of crops have been inundated, while hundreds of houses are flooded and damaged due to the heavy rains over the past days.

The risk of dam failure at the Dak Kar hydroelectric reservoir project in Dak R’Lap District is also very high, prompting authorities to evacuate hundreds of households.

National Highway 14C in Dak Lak Province is severely flooded. Ngoc Lan / Tuoi Tre

National Highway 14C in Dak Lak Province is severely flooded. Ngoc Lan / Tuoi Tre

The aftermath of a landslide in Dak Nong Province on August 8, 2019. Photo: L.B. / Tuoi Tre

The aftermath of a landslide in Dak Nong Province on August 8, 2019Photo: L.B. / Tuoi Tre

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