Heavy downpours from Thursday to Saturday last week killed one person and inundated nearly 3,400 houses and over 3,000 hectares of crops in the north-central Vietnamese province of Nghe An.
The only victim was N.V.H., a 31-year-old resident of Tan Ky District, local authorities said on Sunday afternoon.
As H.’s boat capsized while he was fishing in a local river at around 11:00 am on Saturday, floodwater swept him away.
Rescuers found H.’s body near his last location after searching for a day.
Nghe An suffered moderate and heavy rains between Thursday night and Saturday last week, according to the provincial Committee for Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue.
The torrential rains filled up 88 lakes, raised the water levels in 212 other lakes to 70 percent of their capacity, and caused authorities to discharge water from seven hydroelectric reservoirs out of the province’s 1,061 lakes and reservoirs.
|Officers use a boat to carry people through a flooded section on National Highway 48 in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hong Phong / Tuoi Tre|
Quynh Luu District was the most affected area with more than 3,380 houses swamped by floodwater, 266 of which were isolated, according to Hoang Van Bo, the district’s chairman.
Functional forces evacuated people from those 266 houses to safety.
Rainwater also inundated nearly 1,000 hectares of crops and caused damage to aquatic, livestock, and poultry farms.
“Currently, the district authorities are focusing on helping people overcome the consequences of the rains and floods,” Bo said.
On a provincial scale, the two-day downpours engulfed more than 3,000 hectares of crops in total.
|Border guard officers remove debris from a road hit by a landslide in Ky Son District, Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Le Thach / Tuoi Tre|
The provincial People’s Committee requested grassroots authorities to strictly manage and guide traffic at wharfs, roads, and spillways that were hit by landslides triggered by the rains.
People are forbidden to collect firewood and catch fish in rivers, streams, and downstream dams during rainy and flooding conditions to avoid human damage.
Rescue units must pay special attention to children living in the affected areas.
Functional forces are required to relocate and evacuate people, vehicles, and properties from dangerous areas, especially those at risk of landslides, flash floods, and inundation.