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Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

By Toai Nguyen, Hoa Ngoc, Khanh Huong   November 30, 2021 | 06:09 am PT
Heavy rains over the past four days have led to the familiar scenario of floods severely disrupting life in the central and Central Highlands regions.
Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

Rains caused heavy inundation in Binh Dinh Province's Tuy Phuoc District, with some sections up to 1.2 meters underwater on Tuesday morning.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

The situation forced residents to use unusual vehicles to get through flooded areas.

For instance, a wedding party proceeding to the groom’s house in Ky Son Village in the district uses an open truck.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

A driver asks for help from another truck to help pull his mini truck that has stalled in a flooded area in Huynh Mai Village.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

Dozens of soldiers and police officers use canoes and motoboats to reach dangerous areas and evacuate people to shelter in Hung Nghia Village.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

Some children are carried to safety.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

A school is heavily flooded, forcing it to close. Around 66,000 students in Binh Dinh have had to stay home due to the floods, according to the provincial Department of Education and Training.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

Houses in Quy Nhon, the province's capital town, have been flooded. As of Tuesday noon, around 254 families with 683 people in the city have been evacuated to safety.

In total, around 20,000 houses in Binh Dinh Province have been flooded, according to the provincial Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

The Ba Ha River hydropower plant in its neighbor, Phu Yen Province, opens its floodgates Tuesday afternoon.

Tran Huu The, chairman of the Phu Yen People's Committee, said around 9,000 cubic meters of water may flow downstream per second as a result. Tides may peak at around 7 p.m., so power plants need to consider how much water is allowed to flow downstream so that people’s lives are not badly affected.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

A truck gets stuck while trying to get through a flooded area in Phu Hoa Town.

Several neighborhoods in Phu Yen's Xuan Son Bac, Xuan Son Nam and Xuan Quang communes have isolated due to floods. Around 1,900 people in vulnerable areas have been evacuated by local authorities.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

Police officers in Phu Yen set up barricades to prevent people from going through dangerous areas.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

In Gia Lai, dozens of houses and hundreds of hectares of crops have been flooded. Over 14 residents in Doan Ket Ward trapped in their own houses have been rescued by authorities.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

A woman and her husband carry some of their belongings to take refuge in a neighbor's house in Ayun Pa Commune.

Flooding scenes repeat in central, Central Highlands regions

As of Tuesday noon, the 27C Highway section through the Da Chais Commune of Lam Dong's Lac Duong District, not far from resort town Da Lat, remained blocked by a landslide. Vehicles have had to choose alternative routes instead.

The central and Central Highlands regions have experienced heavy rainfall for the past four days. Rainfall of 200-375mm was recorded in localities from Thua Thien-Hue to Ninh Thuan Monday.

The impacts of a low-pressure area and masses of cold air, along with other factors, continued to buffet the regions with heavy rains of between 40-200 mm on Tuesday, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in many areas, disrupting daily life in the provinces of Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam and Ninh Thuan.

 
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