A prolonged downpour submerged some roads leading to schools in Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province, located in north-central Vietnam, forcing over 4,300 students to stay home on Tuesday, a local official said the same day.
Phan Quoc Thanh, head of the education and training division of Huong Khe District, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the rain triggered by a tropical depression in the East Vietnam Sea had inundated many areas in the district over the past two days.
The division allowed the students, including nearly 2,500 pre-schoolers, 842 elementary school students, and over 1,000 middle school students, to stay home to ensure their safety.
Schools will take the initiative in asking students not to go to school in the coming days if the flooding remains complicated.
A meteorological station in Huong Khe recorded a rainfall of 215.7 millimeters from 11:00 pm on Sunday to 6:00 am on Tuesday, according to a report by the local steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control.
The torrential rains also flooded some bridges spanning the Ngan Sau River in Huong Trach and Huong Do Communes under Huong Khe District.
The administration of Huong Khe District requested that communes prepare plans to respond to floods and landslides, and relocate residents in areas at high risk of floods and landslides to safer places.