Seven dead due to flash floods, landslides in northern Vietnam

By Gia Chinh   August 6, 2023 | 02:48 am PT
Seven dead due to flash floods, landslides in northern Vietnam
Landslide in Lai Chau Province as pictured on August 6, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Dung
Heavy downpours have caused flash floods and landslides in northern provinces, killing seven people as of August 6.

Four deaths were recorded in the province of Lai Chau, two in Yen Bai, and one in Son La, according to local officials.

Lai Chau saw heavy rains of over 100 mm in some areas on August 4 and 5.

At 11 p.m. on the Saturday, a 51-year-old man was swept up by a flood and a four-year-old child died because of a landslide.

Another two deaths, a 56-year-old and an 18-year-old, were confirmed on the Sunday. At least three other people were injured.

Nguyen Anh Dung, chairman of Khoen On Commune, said that the rain level has since lessened and authorities are working to help local residents recover.

Many houses and farms have been damaged or crushed by landslides.

Yen Bai Province saw violent rainfall of up to 300 mm in recent days.

Two children also died on Saturday evening due to landslide.

Roads have been split due to landslides and authorities are having trouble accessing some localities.

Elsewhere, Son La Province saw rainfall of up to 160 millimeters over 24 hours. A 33-year-old man was found dead due to a flash flood.

At least eight houses have been damaged and 28 households have been forced to evacuate.

On August 6-8, northern Vietnam is forecast to see rainfall of around 60 mm and some areas may even record 100 mm, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

There are also high risks of landslides in many northern localities, it said.

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