Thua Thien-Hue floods worst in a decade

By Vo Thanh   November 17, 2023 | 06:54 pm PT
Thua Thien-Hue floods worst in a decade
Hue City, the capital of Thua Thien Hue Province, is submerged in floodwaters, Nov. 15, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Vo Thanh
Floods from the rainstorm-induced overflowing of the Bo and Huong rivers in central Vietnam’s Thua Thien-Hue Province reached the highest levels in more than a decade Wednesday.

Water levels also reached the fifth-highest point in the last 30 years.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF), water levels from Bo River flooding reached their peak of 5 meters at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, only 0.27 meters lower than the historic 1999 floods, which rose to the highest levels in central Vietnam’s recorded history.

Huong River flood levels only stopped rising when they hit 4.34 meters at 7:30 p.m. the same day, 1.47 meters lower than the 1999 peak.

The floodwaters began receding Friday and by 1 p.m., Bo River water levels had dropped to 3.27 meters, while the Huong River was down to 2.26 meters.

The number of houses inundated by 0.2-0.6 meters of water had also dropped to more than 4,000 on Friday, three-quarters the number recorded during the peak flooding day.

Hoang Van Dai, deputy director of the NCHMF, said the province is known as the "rain center" of the central region, thanks to the mountain ranges enveloping from the west and south.

Between Nov. 13 and 16, torrential rains sparked by a cold front lashed central Vietnam, and Thua Thien-Hue was hit hardest.

Over the four-day period, much of the province received 600-900 millimeters of rain and some areas experienced more than 1 meter. So far, three people have been killed by flooding in the province.

Across Vietnam’s central region, floods triggered by heavy rains have killed six people in total, including three in Quang Tri Province. One person is missing in Phu Yen.

Around 500 hectares of crops have been destroyed by the floods, and more than 1,600 cattle and poultry have died.

Locals of Thua Thien Hue Province clean up the aftermath as floodwaters start receding on Nov. 17, 2023. Video by VnExpress/Vo Thanh

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