Vietnam – Floods and Landslides in North Leave 5 Dead and 7 Missing

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.

Rainfall

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.

Flood Summary

Last updated: August 23, 2016
Event
Northern Vietnam, August 2016
Date
August 2 to August 18, 2016
Type
Flash flood, Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Heavy rainfall in the wake of Typhoon Nida between 02 and 05 August triggered the Red River to overflow, as well as flash floods and landslides in the north western province of Lao Cai, Vietnam. Further heavy rain from 12 August affected wider areas of northern Vietnam, including Lao Cai, Other fatalities from the recent floods in Vietnam were reported in Dien Bien (2), Thai Nguyen (1) and Thanh Hoa (1) where flooding also destroyed several houses. Landslides triggered by the heavy rain were also reported in the provinces of Yen Bai and Hoa Binh.

Locations

A - Mường Khương
B - Bảo Thắng
C - Bát Xát
D - Sa Pa
E - Dien Bien
F - Thai Nguyen
G - Thanh Hoa

Magnitude

Rainfall level
71 mm in 24 hours
Lao Cai - August 4 to August 5, 2016
Rainfall level
61.3 mm in 24 hours
Sa Pa - August 4 to August 5, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
5 people
August 2 to August 6, 2016
1 in Mường Khương district, 1 in Bảo Thắng, and 3 in Bát Xát District
Fatalities
6 people
August 12 to August 18, 2016
Lao Cai (2), Dien Bien (2), Thai Nguyen (1) and Thanh Hoa (1)