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Residents rebuild lives as flood recedes from central Vietnam

Friday, October 23, 2020, 17:16 GMT+7
Residents rebuild lives as flood recedes from central Vietnam
A neighborhood in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam was still inundated as of October 22, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Residents in the north-central Vietnamese provinces of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh are rebuilding their lives as floodwaters have started receding following a long bout of destructive rain and flooding.

Central Vietnamese provinces have been battered by repeated downpours, floods, and landfalls since early October.

Reports from the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control showed that 111 people were killed and 22 others went missing in the region from October 6 to 20.

Trash fills a house as floodwater recedes in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Trash fills a house as floodwater receded from Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre

Approximately 371 hectares of rice paddy and 6,990 hectares of crops were inundated and damaged. About 5,870 farm animals and over 685,000 chickens were killed and swept away by floodwaters.

Quang Binh and Ha Tinh Provinces suffered the heaviest toll during recent rains and floods, with local residents and authorities now rushing to rebuild their homes, clean up mud and garbage, and repair roads and other public works.

An elementary school is still slightly flooded in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

An elementary school is still slightly flooded in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

In Quang Binh, flood had receded from many localities as of Thursday, allowing 16,000 out of 32,000 residents to return home.

Water was still as high as one meter in Tan Hoa Commune, where flooding was the most serious in the province.

A teacher cleans up a school as floodwater recedes in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

A teacher cleans up a school as floodwater receded from Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

In Cam Xuyen District, Ha Tinh, floodwater has devoured large sections of roads and land, as well as damaging houses, schools, and other public works.

Many residents have become empty-handed after their crops were damaged and farm animals killed by the natural disasters.

Residents travel by boat in Tan Hoa Commune, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Residents travel by boat in Tan Hoa Commune, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Local authorities have taken necessary measures to ensure environmental hygiene and prevent the outbreak of multiple diseases following the flooding.

The military have tasked many soldiers with assisting local residents in coping with flood consequences.

Authorities are also preparing for the evacuation of people in mountainous areas in Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, and some other provinces as more landslides may occur if Storm Saudel bring torrential rain to the region in the coming days.

Military soldiers bring food and supplies to residents in flood-hit areas in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Military soldiers bring food and supplies to residents in flood-hit areas in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Garbage fills a market following serious flooding in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Garbage fills a market following serious flooding in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A road section is damaged by flood in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A road section is damaged by floods in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Residents dry rice paddy after being soaked by floodwater in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Residents dry rice paddies after being soaked by floodwater in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Military officers and teacher clean up mud at a middle school in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Military officers and teacher clean up mud at a middle school in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A woman stands inside her inundated house in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A woman stands inside her inundated house in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Household appliances are pictured at a repair shop in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Household appliances are pictured at a repair shop in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A family takes their pig herb back home after flood recedes in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A family take their pig herb back home after flood receded from Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A woman tidies up a classroom at a school in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

A woman tidies up a classroom at a school in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, October 22, 2020. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

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