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Floods, landslides ravage central Vietnam

Floods, landslides ravage central Vietnam

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 18:43 GMT+7
Floods, landslides ravage central Vietnam
This image shows a landslide area in Tra Leng Commune, Nam Tra My District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Tho / Tuoi Tre

Floods and landslides resulting from heavy rains over the past several days have inundated numerous areas of many provinces in the central and Central Highlands regions of Vietnam, damaging infrastructure and killing a woman.

Authorities in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak announced a flood-related death on Monday afternoon.

The victim was 57-year-old Ly Thi Pao, who was swept away by floodwaters after falling off a submerged wooden bridge spanning a spring in M’Drak District on the morning of the same day.

The spring is located in the heavily inundated area of the Krong Pac Thuong irrigation project in the district.

In central Quang Nam Province, floods and landslides have damaged many roads and bridges in mountainous districts, blocking traffic in many residential areas, local authorities reported.

Since November 29, many communes in the province’s Nam Tra My District have been isolated due to serious landslides caused by floodwaters from the rising Leng River.

Local authorities have drawn up plans to evacuate residents in affected areas to safe places while trying to quickly rebuild roads to restore traffic soon, said Tran Van Man, deputy chairman of the Nam Tra My People’s Committee.

In Phu Yen Province, a section of an interprovincial road in Dong Xuan District was submerged under up to one meter of water on Monday evening, prompting local authorities to assign staff to warn people about potential dangers at the scene.

Many residential areas of the district had been isolated due to heavy floods and authorities were ready to evacuate 900 residents, said Pham Trung Chanh, deputy chairman of the Dong Xuan administration.

Heavier flooding was recorded in the areas of the Ben Nhieu and Ben Trau bridges in Tay Hoa District, where the water depths reached 1.7 to two meters.

“We have arranged staff in submerged and flood-prone areas to give people traffic instructions,” district officials said.

In Binh Dinh Province, prolonged downpours have inundated hundreds of houses in different communes under around one meter of water and blocked many traffic routes in Hoai An District, according to local authorities.

Heavy floods also hit Gheng Rang Ward in Quy Nhon, which is the capital city of the province.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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