Vietnam – Death Toll Rises After More Flooding and Landslides

The death toll from floods and landslides in central Vietnam continues to rise as rivers reach record levels.

The central region of Vietnam has experienced prolonged, heavy rains that have caused severe and widespread flooding and landslides that began around 06 October 2020.

In a recent update, Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority (DMA) said at least 88 people have now died after further disaster struck over the weekend.

Heavy rain caused a landslide at an army barracks in Huong Phung in Quang Tri Province on 18 October, burying 22 people. As of 19 October, 17 have been confirmed dead while the five others remained missing.

The death toll also includes 15 people buried in a landslide at a hydropower plant construction site in Phong Dien District, Thua Thien-Hue.

According to figures in a report from UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, at least 136,000 houses have been flooded, 66,500 people evacuated and five million people have been affected since flooding began around 2 weeks ago.

According to the UN report, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh Provinces have been impacted by significant flooding. The Hieu river (Quang Tri) and Bo river (Hue) have reached historically high levels.

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