Vietnam – Death Toll Rises as Floods Affect 13 Provinces

The flood situation has worsened in parts of Vietnam over the last 2 days and the number of reported fatalities has increased to 15, with 6 people missing and thousands of homes flooded.

Many of the provinces affected this time around have barely recovered from the severe flooding just three weeks ago, when Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue were affected by torrential rain from 13 October, 2016. As many as 35 people died and tens of thousands were displaced.

Further heavy rain fell from 30 October, causing severe flooding in Ha Tinh, Quang Trị and Quang Binh provinces. As of 04 November, eight deaths had been reported. That figure has since increased to 15.

Affected Provinces

The flooding has now affected 13 provinces: Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Kon Tum, Gia Lai and Dak Lak.

Vietnam’s Disaster Management Committee (DMC) says that 227 houses have been destroyed, and over 40,000 houses flooded. Over 7,000 hectares of rice fields and almost 5,000 hectares of crops have been flooded and over 400 cattle and 40,000 poultry birds killed. Roads have been damaged and river embankments suffered erosion.

The flood water has started to show some signs of receding in Thua Thien Hue, Ha Tinh, Quang Trị and Quang Binh.

Minh Hoa district of Quang Binh. Photo: DMC
Minh Hoa district of Quang Binh, October 2016. Photo: DMC

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 7, 2016
Event
Central Vietnam, November 2016
Date
October 31, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Ha Tinh
B - Quang Trị
C - Quang Binh

Magnitude

Rainfall level
129.6 mm in 24 hours
Dong Hoi - October 31 to November 1, 2016
Rainfall level
81.1 mm in 24 hours
Da Nang - October 31 to November 1, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
15 people
October 31 to November 7, 2016
Buildings destroyed
227 buildings
October 31 to November 7, 2016