Heavy rainfall in the wake of Typhoon Nida between 02 and 05 August triggered flash floods and landslides in the north western province of Lao Cai, Vietnam. The rain also increased levels of the Red River, causing flooding in several areas.
Local media, quoting disaster officials, report that at least 5 people have died (1 in Mường Khương district, 1 in Bảo Thắng, and 3 in Bát Xát District) and 7 are still missing in the province, with 6 of them in Bát Xát and one in Sa Pa. Nine people were injured and nearly 1,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed.
In Bát Xát District, many families have been left isolated by the flooding after bridges and roads were blocked or damaged. Widespread power outages were also reported.
The floods and landslides have also caused major damage to agriculture in the area, including 10,150 hectares of rice, 1,054 hectares of crops, 1,127 hectares of aquaculture and killed cattle and poultry.
Lao Cai recorded 55.3 mm of rain in 24 hours between 03 and 04 August, and 71 mm of rain the next day, 04 to 05 August. Sa Pa recorded 61.3 mm during the same period.
B - Bảo Thắng
C - Bát Xát
D - Sa Pa
E - Dien Bien
F - Thai Nguyen
G - Thanh Hoa
Lao Cai - August 4 to August 5, 2016
Sa Pa - August 4 to August 5, 2016
August 2 to August 6, 2016
1 in Mường Khương district, 1 in Bảo Thắng, and 3 in Bát Xát District
August 12 to August 18, 2016
Lao Cai (2), Dien Bien (2), Thai Nguyen (1) and Thanh Hoa (1)