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|Since October 6, the central region has been hit by severe flooding following torrential rains. Photo: VNA|
As of October 8 morning, torrential rains and floods killed five people, including one in central Quang Tri province, two in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai and two in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, according to the Central Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control.
Since October 6, the central region has been hit by severe flooding following torrential rains, with the common rainfall reaching 300-500mm, even 700-900mm in Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.
In Quang Tri’s Dakrong and Huong Hoa mountainous districts, local authorities have evacuated nearly 1,600 households out of dangerous places.
Many roads in the province have been blocked by severe landslides.
In Quang Binh, many places are inundated and students have been told to stay at home to ensure their safety. The national park in Bo Trach district has closed itself off to tourists since October 7 due to rising water levels in some rivers.
Meanwhile, in Thua Thien-Hue, home to the ancient capital city of Hue, prolonged downpours and heavy discharge by dams flooded thousands of homes in the province’s downstream areas.
Many streets in Da Nang, a popular tourist city, were under 40 cm of water on October 7.
|A man struggles to ride through a flooded street in Hoi An, October 8, 2020. Photo: VnExpress|
Central localities from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai provinces are forecast to see rains of 330-400 mm a day until October 11, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
Given this, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a notice, urging the localities to promptly employ response measures.
There could be 11-13 storms and tropical depressions forming over the Bien Dong Sea (South China Sea) this year, half of them hitting Vietnam, meteorologists have warned.
Its long coastline makes Vietnam particularly vulnerable to destructive storms and flooding.
Natural disasters, mostly floods and landslides triggered by storms, killed 132 people and injured 207 others last year.
Last month, Storm Noul, the fifth tropical storm this year in the Bien Dong Sea, killed six people./.
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