Prolonged downpours and high flood tides inundated thousands of hectares of farmland, and lots of houses in Ca Mau and Kien Giang Province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region.
Nguyen Thanh Tung, deputy head of the Ca Mau Province Sub-department of Water Resources, said on Wednesday that continuous rainfall had flooded several roads, farms, rice fields, and houses in the province, turning residents’ life and production operations upside down.
Statistics from the provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention, search, and rescue indicated that over 19,000 hectares of rice fields in U Minh and Thoi Binh Districts were submerged under rainwater.
Torrents of rain have also drowned more than 800 hectares of ripe rice paddies in Tran Van Thoi District.
Ca Mau Province has witnessed such a severe flood, said Hua Thi Thuong, a resident of Tran Hoi Commune under Tran Van Thoi District.
She lamented that 1.5 hectares of her rice field was soaked in rainwater.
The provincial administration has prompted relevant agencies to take action in response to flooding triggered by the heavy rain and food tides.
Since the start of the year, natural disasters have damaged 1,100 houses, toppled countless trees in forests, destroyed more than 58 hectares of banana fields and 100 hectares of vegetable farms, and caused 240 landslides in Ca Mau Province, with a total loss of over VND40 billion (US$1.6 million).
Facing the same fate, many parts of neighboring Kien Giang Province have been drenched by heavy rainfall over the past few days.
A deluge of rain gave rise to severe flooding in the Hon Nghe Commune in Kien Luong District. Dozens of households were affected by the rainwater.
Over 100 meters of embankment in the commune was damaged by waves and torrential rain.
Intense rain was so heavy that rocks and mud flowed into many houses, causing one to give way.
Meanwhile, several routes were blocked by rocks, said Dinh Van Son, a local.