Flash Floods Kill 20 in Vietnam

At least 20 people have been killed in flash floods in central Vietnam on Tuesday 24th September. A further 6 people are reported as missing, with more fatalities a possibility.

A tropical depression in the region brought torrential rain and strong winds across the central parts of the country, including Dak Lak, Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri Provinces. The tropical depression has also caused severe flooding in Laos over the last few days.

5,000 houses and 2,500 hectares of rice fields have been damaged in the floods and storm, as well other farmland and livestock, roads and bridges.

Vietnam has been suffering from floods for the last few days. 6,000 people were evacuated from their homes on in several central provinces between 16th and 19th September.

According to Thanh Nien News of Vietnam:

Bui Minh Tang, director of the National Center for Hydro – Meteorological Forecasting, said between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning Storm No.8 weakened into a tropical depression after making landfall over Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Thua Thien-Hue and moved to southern Laos.

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Sources: Thanh Nien