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Flash flood leaves at least 3 dead, 5 missing in northern Vietnam

Flash flood leaves at least 3 dead, 5 missing in northern Vietnam

Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 19:13 GMT+7
Flash flood leaves at least 3 dead, 5 missing in northern Vietnam
The scene after a flash flood swept through Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, September 13, 2023. Photo: A.Lien / Tuoi Tre

Intense rainfall in Sa Pa Town, situated in Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam triggered a flash flood in local communes, claiming at least three lives and leaving five individuals still missing.

The deceased victims were Vu A N., 24, and Vu A G., 32, both hailing from Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, and a local in Lang Giang Commune, Van Ban District, who died after whirlwinds knocked down their kitchen. 

The missing people include four other residents of Lien Minh Commune and one person from Phin Ngan Commune in Bat Xat District.

The extent of property damage has not yet been quantified.

The scene after a flash flood swept through  Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, September 13, 2023. Photo: A.Lien / Tuoi Tre

The scene after a flash flood swept through Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, September 13, 2023. Photo: A.Lien / Tuoi Tre

Preliminary reports showed that torrential rain on Tuesday evening triggered flash floods in Lien Minh Commune. 

Many individuals noticed the dangerous situation but were unable to evacuate in time, subsequently being swept away by the rushing floodwaters.

The scene after a flash flood swept through  Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, September 13, 2023. Photo: A.Lien / Tuoi Tre

The scene after a flash flood swept through Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, September 13, 2023. Photo: A.Lien / Tuoi Tre

Flash floods also destroyed all salmon and sturgeon farms -- a popular business in Sa Pa -- situated along Nam Pa, Nam Than, and Nam Cang Streams. 

Numerous residences and other properties sustained substantial damage.

The scene after a flash flood swept through  Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, September 13, 2023. Photo: Lao Cai Portal

The scene after a flash flood swept through Lien Minh Commune in Sa Pa Town, Lao Cai Province, northern Vietnam, September 13, 2023. Photo: Lao Cai Portal

A team of 125 members was assembled to address the aftermath and conduct a search for those who were missing on Wednesday morning, according to Lao Cai Radio and Television.

The north and north-central regions are expected to experience persistent heavy rainfall on both Wednesday and Thursday, with warnings issued for potential flooding, flash floods, and landslides.

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Bao Anh - Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre News

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