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Residents cry for help as heavy rains deluge Da Nang

Residents cry for help as heavy rains deluge Da Nang

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 11:00 GMT+7
Residents cry for help as heavy rains deluge Da Nang
Floodwaters remain in Cam Le District, Da Nang City, October 15, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Heavy downpours from noon to midnight on Friday flooded many areas in the central city of Da Nang, leaving the local residents in misery.

The torrential deluge was triggered by Storm Son Ca, the fifth storm formed along the Vietnam coast this year, inundating the entire central city, with houses submerged under over 0.5 meter of water in many places. 

People are stranded on a sidewalk due to floodwaters in Da Nang City, October 14, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre
People are stranded on a sidewalk due to floodwaters in Da Nang City, October 14, 2022. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Le Thi Phuong, who has lived in Hai Chau District for more than 60 years, said that this was the first time she had ever witnessed floodwater rising so high in the urban area, which prompted her family to relocate to their house’s second floor.

“The water rushed into the house so fast, within less than an hour, that we were unable to react,” Phuong said.

This supplied photo shows rescuers taking an elderly woman through floodwaters to safety in Lien Chieu District, Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.
This supplied photo shows rescuers taking an elderly woman through floodwaters to safety in Lien Chieu District, Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.

While power outage hit many areas in Da Nang at around midnight on Friday and several houses were isolated by floodwater, many residents took to social media to seek help from the authorities.

The police, military and rescue forces were dispatched to flooded areas with boats and strings to get people to safety.

This collage of screenshots shows Facebook posts created by residents to call for help during the serious inundation in Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.
This collage of screenshots shows Facebook posts created by residents to call for help during the serious inundation in Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.

The floodwaters swept many cars away and left them on Le Duan, 30-4, and Dong Da Streets on Saturday morning.

A section of the coastal road near the T-junction of Hoang Sa and Tran Nguyen Hang Streets in Son Tra District was also seriously damaged.

High water shaved both sides of the road's culvert and formed two large ditches that link directly to the sea.

Floodwaters abandon cars on Le Duan Street in Da Nang City, October 15, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Floodwater sweeps away cars to Le Duan Street in Da Nang City, October 15, 2022. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Floodwaters shave a coastal road in Son Tra District, Da Nang City, October 15, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tuoi Tre
Floodwater damages a coastal road in Son Tra District, Da Nang City, October 15, 2022. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tuoi Tre

The city was still without electricity as of 8:30 am on Saturday.

Thua Thien-Hue Province, which is adjacent to Da Nang, has also suffered serious impacts from heavy rains.

Flash floods prompted authorities to temporarily ban traffic through the Hai Van Tunnel linking the two localities.

Floodwaters sweep through the Hai Van Tunnel linking Da Nang City and Thua Thien-Hue Province, October 14, 2022. Photo: N.T. / Tuoi Tre
Floodwater sweeps through the Hai Van Tunnel linking Da Nang City and Thua Thien-Hue Province, October 14, 2022. Photo: N.T. / Tuoi Tre

Hours of heavy rains also flooded many streets in Hue, the capital city of Thua Thien-Hue, and inundated over 11,200 houses across the province.

A section of National Highway 1A, a major north-south route, has also been covered by floodwater.

Floodwaters submerge the Thuong Bac Park near the Huong River in Hue City, Thua Thien-Hue Province, October 15, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre
Floodwaters submerge the Thuong Bac Park near the Huong River in Hue City, Thua Thien-Hue Province, October 15, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre

In a part of Quang Nam Province close to the south of Da Nang, floodwaters were rising rapidly on the Vu Gia River on Saturday morning while National Highway 14B was seriously eroded.

Storm Son Ca weakened into a tropical depression before entering the coastal area from Da Nang to Quang Ngai early on Saturday morning, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

National Highway 14B is seriously eroded in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 15, 2022. Photo: N. Man / Tuoi Tre
National Highway 14B is seriously eroded in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, October 15, 2022. Photo: N. Man / Tuoi Tre

It is forecast to continue bringing rainfall up to 500 millimeters to the central region until the end of Sunday.

Central Highlands provinces could see precipitation up to 100 millimeters over the next two days, according to the national forecasting center.

This supplied photo show rescuers take four people trapped on a street out of floodwaters in Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.
This supplied photo show rescuers take four people trapped on a street out of floodwaters in Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.
This supplied photo shows authorities use a rope to rescue people from floodwaters in Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.
This supplied photo shows authorities use a rope to rescue people from floodwaters in Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City, October 14, 2022.

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