Vietnam – Deadly Floods Strike Central Region for Third Time in 8 Weeks

Deadly floods have struck in central Vietnam for the third time in 8 weeks.Heavy rain has been falling in some central areas since 31 November, with Quang Ngai city recording 440 mm in 5 days.

Local media report that at least 13 people have died in the floods. Six fatalities were reported in Binh Dinh Province, four in Quang Ngai and three in Quang Nam provinces.

The two hardest-hit provinces are Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai, where as many as 100 homes have been destroyed and 10,000 damaged by the floods. Agriculture has also been badly hit, with around 12,500 hectares of crops flooded and 19,000 fowl and cattle killed.

Around 10 bridges have been damaged, along with 30 km of roads.

The flooding came after a period of heavy rain from Friday 02 December, 2016. Some reports suggest that the flooding has started to recede. However, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) says that more rain is forecast for the region, with up to 300 mm of rain possible.

NCHMF says that the rain will bring an increased threat of landslides in hilly and mountainous areas. River levels are also high in provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Binh Dinh, in particular in Quang Ngai, with a possibility of flooding.

Central areas can also expect some strong winds and northern areas of the country a period of cold weather.

Rainfall

Figures approximate, for 24 hour period.

04 to 05 December

  • Quang Ngai 92.0 mm

03 to 04 December

Hue 78.0 mm

02 to 03 December

  • Hue 95.0 mm
  • Da Nang 111.0 mm
  • Quang Ngai 82.0 mm

01 to 02 December

  • Quang Ngai 174.0 mm

31 November to 01 December

  • Hue 118.0 mm
  • Quang Ngai 92.0 mm
  • Quy Nhon 82.0 mm

Over 60 Killed by Floods Since October

This is the third deadly flood event to affect central and northern provinces of the country since early October. Over 60 people have now died in floods in central Vietnam in around 8 weeks.

Areas of central Vietnam suffered severe flooding from 31 October to mid November. The flooding affected 13 provinces of 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.

At least 15 people died in the floods. Vietnam’s Disaster Management Committee (DMC) said that 227 houses were destroyed and over 40,000 houses flooded. Over 7,000 hectares of rice fields and almost 5,000 hectares of crops were flooded and over 400 cattle and 40,000 poultry birds killed.

A month earlier, a long period of heavy rain caused flooding in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue from Thursday, 13 October, 2016.

At least 35 people died in the flooding between 13 to 17 October. The deaths occurred in Nghe An (2), Ha Tinh (9), Quang Binh (22) and Thua Thien Hue (2).