Vietnam – Dozens Killed as Tropical Depression Causes Floods and Landslides

Torrential rain brought by a tropical depression has caused landslides and floods in northern and central Vietnam, leaving 37 people dead, 40 missing and 21 injured.

The fatalities occurred in the provinces of Son La (5), Yen Bai (4), Hoa Binh (1), Thanh Hoa (8), Nghe An (8) and Hanoi (1).

As many as 21 people have been reported missing in Hoa Binh, many of them in landslide in Tan Lac district. Eleven people have also been reported missing in Yen Bai Province.

Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDP) said in a report of 12 October that 16,740 houses have been flooded, with over 14,000 of them in Thanh Hoa.

Over 200 homes have collapsed, most of them (141) in Son La Province, and 1,059 homes have been severely damaged, with most of them (1,000) in Hoa Binh.

Around 8,000 hectares of paddy fields was damaged and around 1,200 heads of cattle and over 30,000 poultry killed.

Heavy rain has been falling since 08 October in some parts. Annam in Thanh Hoa Province recorded 599 mm of rain in 3 days. Between 10 and 11 October at least 11 locations recorded more than 200 mm of rain in 24 hours, including 290 mm in Bai Thuong (Thanh Hoa).

CCNDP said authorities were discharging water from dams to control water levels, including Hoa Binh dam, Vietnam’s largest hydroelectric dam.

Areas of north and central Vietnam suffered major flooding after Typhoon Doksuri made landfall in the country on 15 September, 2017.

Flood Summary

Last updated: October 20, 2017
Event
Vietnam and Thailand, October 2017
Date
October 9 to October 20, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Yen Bai
B - Hoa Binh
C - Thanh Hoa
D - Nghe An
E - Son La
F - Hanoi

Magnitude

Rainfall level
225 mm in 24 hours
Phu Yen (Son La) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
290 mm in 24 hours
Bai Thuong (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
252 mm in 24 hours
Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
211 mm in 24 hours
Cua Dat (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
211 mm in 24 hours
Cao Phong (Hoa Binh) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
272 mm in 24 hours
Annam (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
178 mm in 24 hours
Cua Cam (Hai Phong) - October 10 to October 11, 2017
Rainfall level
244 mm in 24 hours
Bai Thuong (Thanh Hoa) - October 10 to October 11, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
72 people
October 9 to October 16, 2017
Buildings destroyed
200 buildings
October 9 to October 12, 2017

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