Vietnam and China – Floods and Landslides Leave 9 Dead

Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have caused deaths and destruction in northern Vietnam and neighbouring parts of China. According to latest reports, at least 9 people have died over the last few days.

Vietnam

In Vietnam, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that several northern provinces including Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Son La, Thai Nguyen and Yen Bai, have all seen heavy rain, floods and landslides since 30 August, 2018.

At least 4 people have died and 3 others injured. The floods and landslides have also destroyed 179 houses and caused widespread damage to roads, bridges, embankments and farmland.

Many parts of the country are still recovering from damage caused by tropical storms Son-tinh and Bebinca.

China

Local media in China report that flooding in the southwest Yunnan Province on Sunday 02 September left at least 5 dead, 5 injured and 16 missing.

The worst hit area was Mengdong Township in Malipo County, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. Homes, power supply and communications have all been damaged. Emergency teams are carrying out search and rescue in affected areas.

Maps from the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) suggest that between 100 and 250 mm of rain fell in the area on 02 September, 2018.

Rainfall in China to 02 September 2018. Image: China Meteorological Administration (CMA)

Featured image: file photo – Vietnam flooding. Photo credit: Evangelos Petratos EU/ECHO