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Lightning strikes seven cows to death in Vietnam

Thursday, October 08, 2020, 18:02 GMT+7
Lightning strikes seven cows to death in Vietnam
Cow corpses lie on the ground after struck by lightning in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 8, 2020. Photo: P.L. / Tuoi Tre

Lightning killed seven cows in a province in central Vietnam on Thursday, as the region was hit hard by rain and ensuing flash floods.

Rainwater and flooding paralyzed roads connecting Dai Loc and Nam Giang Districts in Quang Nam Province on Thursday morning.

Lightning struck seven cows of a household in Tay Giang District to death during the rain, Le Hoang Linh, deputy chairman of the district, said in the afternoon.

Landslides triggered by rain and flash floods isolated a few mountainous communes in Quang Nam on Thursday while some makeshift bridges were swept away by floodwaters which also hit a local middle school.

Students were told to stay home given such dangers.

“We’ve sent forces to evacuate residents to safer places,” deputy chairman Linh said.

A landslide caused by heavy rain in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: P.L. / Tuoi Tre

A landslide caused by heavy rain in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: P.L. / Tuoi Tre

In Dai Loc District, floodwaters still surrounded residential areas in many communes on Thursday afternoon.

A resident died of electrocution when he was packing to avoid the floods.

A house is on the verge of collapse because of landslides in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: P.L. / Tuoi Tre

A house is on the verge of collapse because of landslides in Tay Giang District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: P.L. / Tuoi Tre

Hoi An Ancient Town, a touristy destination in Quang Nam, was also submerged under rainwater, Nguyen The Hung, standing deputy chairman of Hoi An City, said, adding the city was relocating dwellers in low areas.

Flooding is forecast to become worse during the day, Hung warned.

Hoi An is flooded on October 8, 2020. Photo: Nguyen Van Lanh

Hoi An is flooded on October 8, 2020. Photo: Nguyen Van Lanh

Local hydroelectric dams are ready to discharge water, which creates even more dangers for lower areas in Hoi An.

This image shows the Bach Dang pedestrian street in Hoi An on the morning of October 8, 2020. Photo: Nguyen Van Lanh

This image shows the Bach Dang pedestrian street in Hoi An on the morning of October 8, 2020. Photo: Nguyen Van Lanh

Hoi An Ancient Town has already suspended activities on pedestrian streets, with officials poised to react quickly whenever the situation turns for the worse, said Nguyen Van Lanh, another deputy chairman of Hoi An.

Many pedestrian streets in Hoi An Ancient Town have already been flooded. Photo: Nguyen Van Lanh

Many pedestrian streets in Hoi An Ancient Town have already been flooded. Photo: Nguyen Van Lanh

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