Landslides and flash floods triggered by torrential rains killed three people, injured another three, and damaged thousands of houses in northern Vietnam from Monday through Thursday, according to statistics provided by provincial committees for natural disaster prevention and search and rescue.
One of the victims was killed by a landslide in Lang Son Province on Tuesday, while the bodies of two five- and six-year-old boys were found after floodwaters had swept them away in Cao Bang and Bac Kan Provinces.
Landslides also injured three other people in Ngan Son District, Bac Kan.
Lang Son suffered the most damage with 34 houses collapsing, 1,812 houses flooded and affected by landslides, 4,962 hectares of rice and other crops partially flooded, and 1,193 hectares of short-term industrial crops ravaged.
About 46 hectares of aquatic products were either washed away or flooded while 27 metric tons of fish and 13,941 cattle and poultry were either killed or swept away.
As many as 99,250 cubic meters of soil and rocks have blocked national highways, district- and commune-level roads after the disaster while 307 road sections have either collapsed or remained inundated, and eight concrete bridges were broken and swept away by floodwaters.
In addition, the floods caused heavy damage of up to VND10.2 billion (US$441,758) to facilities of many school buildings in the districts of Van Quan, Chi Lang, Loc Binh and Trang Dinh, with 42 of them staying swamped and isolated due to floodwaters as of Thursday.
Total damage was estimated at over VND390 billion ($16.89 million).
Authorities, police forces, army forces, and residents are trying hard to overcome the damage.