Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

By VnExpress   October 15, 2016 | 10:09 am GMT+7
Thousands of houses in Quang Binh have been submerged and transport disrupted.
Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

A low pressure system made landfall in the central province of Quang Binh on Thursday, bringing torrential rains measuring 400-500mm.

Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

On Friday afternoon, about 1,200 houses were submerged under 0.8 to 2.5 meters of water, according to the authorities.

Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

Downpours and floods almost paralyzed the province. Many main streets in the town of Dong Hoi looked like rivers.

Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

The national highway running through the province was heavily flooded, disrupting north-south traffic flows.

Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

Most hospitals and schools like this one were also submerged.

Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

The water levels on many rivers in the region have been rising.

Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

The severe weather conditions have also affected train services on the crucial north-south rail link. Multiple sections of the line remain inaccessible due to flooding and landslides.

 

Province drowns as non-stop rains, floods hit central Vietnam

This train running between Hanoi and Da Nang was forced to stop as floodwaters buried the rail track. The train had to be pulled back to Le Son Station, waiting for the water to recede.

 

As of Saturday morning, the severe floods have killed five people; four are missing, 12 injured and over 30,000 houses are submerged.

The National Hydrometeorology Center said heavy rains over the next few days will increase the risk of landslides in the mountainous areas. Flooding will continue in the provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh.

 
 
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