Vietnam – 10 Dead, 2,000 Evacuated After Floods in Central and Southern Areas

The International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reported that flooding in central and southern Vietnam that began around 08 August, 2019, has caused 10 deaths and displaced almost 2000 people. Kien Giang and Lam Dong are the worst hit provinces, where some rivers have reached record levels.

Parts of Vietnam were hit by Tropical Storm Wipha which brought heavy rains to the north of Vietnam on 03 August 2019, causing nine deaths and damaging 284 houses in Thanh Hoa and Lang Son provinces.

Since then heavy rain caused flooding in Kien Giang and Lam Dong provinces, along with the provinces of Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Kon Tum, Dong Nai, Binh Thuan and Binh Phuoc.

Vietnam’s National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (NCDPC), reported that as of 10 August 2019, 10 people have died, 4 injured and over 1,985 evacuated. In total 12,141 houses are affected by the floods. In addition, households have lost livestock, gardens and other assets.

IFRC said that flooding of the Cam Ly river in Lam Dong peaked on the evening of 8 August 2019 at 834.25m, exceeding all previous records by 0.28m. While the river level dropped slightly to 830.41m on the following day, it remains at dangerous levels. Flooding of the Dong Nai river peaked on 9 August 2019 at 114.10m.