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Vietnamese province evacuates 2,500 residents due to floods, landslides

Vietnamese province evacuates 2,500 residents due to floods, landslides

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10:48 GMT+7
Vietnamese province evacuates 2,500 residents due to floods, landslides
Tam Ky City in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam is seriously flooded on October 24, 2021. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Authorities in central Vietnam have evacuated more than 2,500 residents from areas affected by floods and landslides that were triggered by torrential rains this weekend.

Rainfall of 330-550 millimeters began lashing Quang Ngai Province on Saturday evening, prompting local authorities to evacuate more than 800 households with over 2,500 people from dangerous areas.

Most of these residents are in Tra Bong District, which is located along the downstream section of the namesake river.

Floodwater reaches chest-high level in Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province. Photo: T.M. / Tuoi Tre

Floodwaters reach chest-high levels in Binh Son District, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.M. / Tuoi Tre

In other locales including Duc Pho Town, Quang Ngai City, Binh Son District, and Son Tinh District, floodwaters were up to one meter high.

Many streets, provincial highways, and national highways in Quang Ngai have also been inundated.

In mountainous districts including Son Ha, Son Tay, and Ba To, landslides have blocked many routes, isolating approximately 2,200 residents.

An intersection is flooded in Quang Ngai City, Quang Ngai Province, October 23, 2021. Photo: Rau Camera

An intersection is flooded in Quang Ngai City, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, October 23, 2021. Photo: Rau Camera

Tam Ky City in neighboring Quang Nam Province was also submerged as of Sunday morning following a downpour on Saturday.

Many people were traveling on boats due to the serious inundation.

Local residents said that water rose so quickly that they did not have time to react, adding that they had to stay up all night to keep their furniture and appliances from getting soaked.

A road is damaged by landslide in Quang Ngai Province. Photo: T.M. / Tuoi Tre

A road is damaged by a landslide in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Photo: T.M. / Tuoi Tre

An enhanced cold front has brought heavy rains to the localities from north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province to south-central Binh Dinh Province over the past few days, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

More rains are expected to lash these provinces on Sunday and Monday, the center added.

Residents travel by boat in a flooded neighborhood in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Residents travel by boat in a flooded neighborhood in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man walks along a submerged street in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man walks along a submerged street in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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