7 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Son La Province, Vietnam

Torrential rain following in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Kujira has caused flash flooding in the northern province of Son La, Vietnam.

The floods struck on 24 June 2015. The worst affected areas are Thuận Châu and Yên Châu Districts in Sơn La Province. Officials say that at least 7 people have died as a result, with a further 4 people still missing. Around 23 houses have been washed away in the flooding. Around 80 hectares of crops and farms in the province have also been damaged.


According to WMO figures, 219.9 mm of rain fell in 24 hours between 24 and 25 June 2015. Earlier, 98 mm of rain fell in Nam Dinh in Red River Delta and 60 mm in Phu Lien in Hai Phong, northern Vietnam in a 24 hour period between 23 and 24 June.

Vietnam’s meteorological department, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting, said that Kujira has since dissipated and is now a low-pressure system moving westwards, warning that it could bring further heavy rain in northern provinces.