At least 15 people have died after 3 days of torrential rain, landslides and floods in Quang Ninh Province, northern Vietnam. Flooding has also been reported in Son La province, where at least 30 houses have been damaged.
Vietnam state news agency, VNA, report that some areas of Quang Ninh Province saw over 800 mm of rain fall between 25 to 28 July 2015, marking the heaviest downpour in the region for 40 years.
Local authorities say that 2,800 houses have been damaged or destroyed, along with wide areas of crop and livestock.
At least 9 of the victims died when a landslide buried a house in Ha Long City. Other fatalities occurred in Cam Pha.
There are also reports of seven missing people, thought to be fishermen who were on two fishing boats in near Ha Long Bay, Quang Ninh Province.
VNA report that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has “ordered the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Public Security to mobilise all available manpower and resources in the province to help local residents fight off adversities caused by the historic torrential rain”.
The rain was a result of a slow moving low-pressure area. According to the latest reports from the Vietnam’s Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, more torrential rain is expected over the next 48 hours.
Vietnam’s Centre for Disaster Reduction (DMC) report that between 25 to 28 July 2015, 799 mm of rain fell in Cô Tô, 680 mm in Móng Cái, 600 mm in Hải Hà and 853 mm in Cẩm Phả, all in Quang Ninh province.