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Flooding strands hundreds of patients in central Vietnam hospital

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 14:23 GMT+7
Flooding strands hundreds of patients in central Vietnam hospital
Border police of Quang Binh Province give aid packages to stranded patients and caretakers at Le Thuy District’s general hospital. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Some 200 patients were still isolated on Tuesday in a general hospital in Le Thuy District of north-central Quang Binh Province due to extreme flooding.

The first floor of the hospital was half a meter underwater, making all rescue operations for the patients done entirely by boat.

By midday on Tuesday, many patients and their caretakers stuck in the hospital had been sitting at the stairs to wait for food and drinking water from rescuers.

Nguyen Thi Phuong, a patient at the hospital, said she had been eating raw instant noodles to survive for the last three days.

On top of that, Phuong was worried about her house that should have been deeply submerged.

Her fellow stranded patient Nguyen Thanh Quan was in the same plight, having been living off the aid package from rescue operations for a few days.

His mother was no longer with him as she had returned home a few days ago to prepare for the flooding situation.

However, her assets were now under the water, Quan said.

Stranded patients and caretakers at Le Thuy District’s General Hospital in Quang Binh Province reach out to catch aid packages from the rescue team. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Stranded patients and caretakers at Le Thuy District’s General Hospital in Quang Binh Province reach out to catch aid packages from rescuers. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

According to Dr. Thai Van Cong, director of Le Thuy District’s general hospital, the facility is hosting some 200 patients, along with 30 residents seeking a shelter during the flooding and some 70 caretakers.

Around 50 medical practitioners are also present to look after the patients.

The hospital is isolated with no electricity and running water, while all travels to and from the location must be made by boat, Cong said.

To operate three emergency surgeries under such a situation, the hospital had to resort to electric generators, the director added.

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