Vietnam – 18 Dead or Missing as Floods Worsen

The flood situation in central Vietnam has worsened over the last few days, with disaster authorities now reporting that at least 18 people have died or are missing.

Flooding on the Ky Lo river in Dong Xuan district, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, 30 November 2021. Photo via Disaster Prevention Technology and Policy Center

Flooding began after heavy rain from 26 November. Vietnam Disaster management Agency (VDMA), said heavy rain, flooding and landslides have affected the provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Kon Tum, with 2,617 houses damaged and 2 fatalities.

As of 01 December, VDMA reported 18 fatalities or missing across the provinces of Binh Dinh (03), Phu Yen (10), Khanh Hoa (02), Kon Tum (01) and Dak Lak (02).

Furthermore almost 60,000 houses have been flooded in Binh Dinh (31,100) and Phu Yen (28,639). Some areas of Tuy Phuoc District in Binh Dinh Province were under water up to 1.2 metres deep. Around 66,000 students in the province could not go to school due to the floods.

Over 6,000 households have been evacuated due to floods or landslides in the provinces of Quang Nam (53 households), Binh Dinh (439), Phu Yen (5,517) and Khanh Hoa (21).

Roads, including several national highways, have been cut by flooding or landslides. Wide areas of agriculture along with livestock have suffered damage.

As much as 432 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 29 November in Song Tranh in Quang Nam. The folllwing 24 hour period My Thuan Lake in Binh Dinh saw 368 mm and Ea Bar in Phu Yen 429 mm. The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting reported flooding along the Côn river in Binh Dinh, the Ky Lo river in Phu Yen, and the Krong Ana river in Dak Lak. Further rain is expected in central areas.

Floods in Tuy Phuoc district, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam November 2021. Photo: VDMA