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Rain caused by tropical depression submerges over 15,000 houses in Vietnam

Friday, September 06, 2019, 15:51 GMT+7
Rain caused by tropical depression submerges over 15,000 houses in Vietnam
Houses are submerged in Tan Hoa Commune in the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh on September 5, 2019. Photo: Chi Tuan / Tuoi Tre

More than 15,000 houses throughout north-central Vietnam have been flooded after a tropical depression unleashed heavy downpours in the region earlier this week.

According to a report by the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, a total of 15,281 houses in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Binh, and Quang Tri Provinces have been affected by severe flooding as of Thursday evening.

Ha Tinh suffered the heaviest damage, with 5,743 homes submerged.

Rainwater reaches the roofs of many houses in Tan Hoa. Photo: Chi Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater reaches the roofs of many houses in Tan Hoa. Photo: Chi Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Serious inundation also forced about 3,760 families in Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces to evacuate to safer areas.

Three people have been killed and four other missing as of Thursday, the steering committee added.

A woman gathers her belongings in her flooded home in north-central Ha Tinh Province. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A woman gathers her belongings in her flooded home in north-central Ha Tinh Province. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Nearly 930 schools in the five provinces were unable to organize school year opening ceremonies on the same day.

Approximately 12,570 hectares of rice paddy has been devastated by the flooding.

People travel on a boat in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

People travel on a boat in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Although the tropical depression had already weakened into a low-pressure zone on Wednesday afternoon, downpours were still in the forecast in the localities from Nghe An to Quang Tri Provinces until the end of Thursday.

In Tan Hoa Commune, Minh Hoa District, Quang Binh, inundation was the most serious as floodwaters reached the roofs of many houses.

People travel on a boat in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

People travel on a boat in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

The locality was completely isolated after all roads leading to it were under water.

Rainwater in Tan Hoa, as well as many other north-central localities, only started receding on Thursday night.

A man saves his cow from a flooded area. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A man saves his cow from a flooded area. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Residents protect their belongings from the water. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Residents protect their belongings from floodwaters. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

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