11 killed in central Vietnam floods

By Staff reporters   December 1, 2021 | 12:55 am PT
11 killed in central Vietnam floods
A man carries a bike while treading through floodwater in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, December 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Ngoc
Rising floods in central Vietnam have left at least 11 people dead and five others missing, inundating tens of thousands of houses and forcing thousands to be evacuated.

Among the dead victims, seven were in Phu Yen Province, three in Binh Dinh and one in Kon Tum. Five people including two children were missing in Phu Yen after being swept away by floodwaters.

Around 60,000 houses in Binh Dinh and Phu Yen were flooded, according to the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue.

Over 4,700 families in Phu Yen’s Tuy An District were also isolated due to floodwater. Several national highways were inundated as well.

In Phu Yen, long-lasting heavy rains over the past four days have overflowed reservoirs and inundated several areas. Several neighborhoods have observed water levels at around half a meter, paralyzing traffic.

Many houses in its neighbor Binh Dinh were around a meter underwater on Tuesday. Roads were isolated due to floodwater, preventing motorbikes from passing through. Dozens of police officers and soldiers were dispatched to take people to safety on canoes and motorized boats.

Tuy Phuoc District is among the most heavily flooded areas in Binh Dinh due to heavy rains in the past four days. Sections of the 640 Highway, which runs through the district, were around 0.4-1.2 meters underwater, paralyzing traffic.

According to the Binh Dinh Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue, the province’s Phu Cat District and An Nhon Town were also heavily flooded, rivaling the area’s historic flood levels back in 2016.

Around 19,000 houses in Binh Dinh were flooded. Hundreds of families were evacuated, and around 66,000 students in the province could not go to school due to the floods. Thousands of hectares of crops were damaged.

Other localities like Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong, Gia Lai and Quang Nam also observed similar impacts, with heavy rains triggering floods and landslides, cutting off traffic and damaging houses and crops.

Over the past few days, heavy rains have been barreling down central Vietnam and Central Highlands regions. Rain levels had gone up to 375 mm a day in certain areas, triggering floods and landslides.

On Tuesday night, rain levels in regions from Quang Nam to Ninh Thuan have begun to drop to around 40-64 mm. Water levels in rivers have also been dropping.

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