Vietnam – Days of Heavy Rain Cause Flooding and Landslides in North

Disaster authorities in Vietnam have reported flooding in several northern provinces after days of heavy rain that began around 01 July, 2017. Neighbouring parts of China have also been severely affected.

Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that flooding and some landslides had affected areas in the northern provinces of Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang, Thai Nguyen, Lai Chau, Bac Kan and Cao Bang. Deaths have been reported in Cao Bang and Yen Bai.

Earlier the province of Ca Mau was also affected with around 1,000 people evacuated.

Further south, the provinces of Binh Thuan and An Giang have also been affected, according to the Committee.

Two fatalities were reported as a result of the severe weather. A man died after a lighting strike in Hoa An district, Cao Bang province on 02 July. A young girl died in a landslide in Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province on 03 July.

ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management said that a total of 214 houses have been damaged, with the majority in Ha Giang Province (104). A further 579 houses were reportedly inundated.

Over 100 people from 27 families have been evacuated and relocated to the safer places.

The flood also damaged at least 1,639 hectares of paddy fields and crops and 78 hectares of fisheries.

Ca Mau Province, Late June 2017

Prior to the current period of severe weather, landslides and flooding affected two districts on Ca Mau Province, where at least 25 houses were damaged.

By 28 June, around 1,000 people had been evacuated from Nam Can, Ngoc Hien and Dam Doi districts.


Figures below are for a 24 hour period. Figures are from Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

01 to 02 July

  • Dak Mot ( Kon Tum ) – 60 mm
  • Phuoc Long ( Binh Phuoc ) – 60 mm

02 to 03 July

  • Nam Giang (Lai Chau) – 139 mm
  • Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) – 144 mm
  • Than Uyen (Lai Chau) – 117 mm
  • Khau Phu (Yen Bai) – 133 mm
  • Binh Lu (Lai Chau) – 95 mm
  • Ngan Son (Bac Kan) – 158 mm
  • Sin Ho (Lai Chau) – 82 mm
  • Dinh Lap (Lang Son) – 82 mm

03 to 04 July

  • Binh Lu (Lai Chau) – 71 mm
  • Van Mich (Lang Son) – 73 mm
  • Suoi Kiet (Binh Thuan) – 65 mm
  • Chi Ne ( Hoa Binh ) – 70 mm
  • Ham Yen (Tuyen Quang) – 84 mm
  • Cat Tien (Dong Nai) – 64 mm

04 to 05 July

  • Luc Yen (Yen Bai) – 54 mm
  • Phuc Yen (Vinh Phuc) – 51 mm
  • Yen Binh (Ha Giang) – 57 mm
  • Ham Yen (Tuyen Quang ) – 66 mm
  • Phan Ri (Binh Thuan) – 74 mm
  • Vinh Yen (Vinh Phuc) – 122 mm
  • Chu Prong (Gia Lai) – 84 mm

Featured image: file photo for illustration purposes. Vietnam flooding 2011
Photo credit: Evangelos Petratos EU/ECHO