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Rain-triggered landslides kill 2, injure 7 in northern Vietnam

Monday, September 28, 2020, 10:36 GMT+7
Rain-triggered landslides kill 2, injure 7 in northern Vietnam
Authorities help evacuate residents from their homes because of heavy rains in Phu Tho Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: M. Tu / Tuoi Tre

Heavy rain caused landslides that killed two people and injured seven others while destroying crops and isolating residential areas in northern Vietnam on the weekend, according to local authorities.

Downpours hit Ha Hoa District in Phu Tho Province late on Saturday and early on Sunday, Nguyen Viet Dung, the district’s chairman, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Sunday afternoon.

“This is the first time in over ten years that this area has been struck by such heavy rains, causing flash floods and landslides that killed two people and injured seven others,” Dung said.

“Many routes were paralyzed by rainwater.”

The district administration immediately sent forces to cope with the aftermath of the rains and offer condolences to bereaved families.

Vehicles are stuck in rainwater in Phu Tho Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: M. Tu / Tuoi Tre

A van is stuck in rainwater in Phu Tho Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: M. Tu / Tuoi Tre

“We’ve already dispatched personnel to help people in isolated residential areas relocate to safer places,” Dung said.

Fourteen houses were damaged, large portions of crops destroyed, routes disconnected, and hamlets isolated, district officials said.

Commuters in the province’s Yen Lap, Cam Khe, and Thanh Ba Districts now find it hard to travel because of floodwaters, with passenger buses and cargo vehicles unable to move.

Many households have fled their homes to avoid the floods.

Local authorities are working to help residents deal with the consequences of the rains.

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