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Bodies of two students swept away by flood in north-central Vietnam recovered

Monday, November 02, 2020, 13:47 GMT+7
Bodies of two students swept away by flood in north-central Vietnam recovered
Rescuers search for a missing schoolboy in flooded Nam Thanh Commune, Nam Dan District, Nghe An Province, November 1, 2020. Photo: Chu Minh / Tuoi Tre

Rescuers have been able to recover the bodies of two female students who drowned in flooding on Sunday afternoon in Thanh Chuong District, located in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An.

Leaders of Vo Liet Commune in Thanh Chuong District on Sunday night confirmed the recovery of the bodies of T.T.N.A. and P.T.T., who were eighth and seventh graders at Vo Liet Middle School.

It was difficult to find the two students due to the dangerous and unpredictable floodwaters, said Vo Liet Commune’s chairman Bui Xuan Linh.

Earlier in the afternoon, A. and T. rode bicycles across a stream in Vo Liet and were swept away by floodwaters.

Floodwaters in the aftermath of Storm Molave killed eight people and left another missing in Nghe An as of 8:00 pm on Sunday, according to the provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control.

The missing man is N.B.Q., 26, from Linh Son Commune in Anh Son District.

A majority of the victims who died from floods in Nghe An went fishing or passed through a spillway with fast-flowing water.

The rains and floods from October 28 to 31 in Nghe An inundated 15,573 houses, prompting local authorities to relocate more than 7,100 households due to flooding and the impact of landslides.

In a document directing the prevention of flood damage, the provincial People's Committee requested grassroots authorities to prohibit people from collecting firewood and fishing on rivers and streams during the flood to avoid human loss.

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