Heavy downpour and flooding killed 15 and another 6 are still missing in Vietnam.
Heavy rain started last Monday on October 31, and continued throughout the week, flooding nearly 41,000 houses, of which 223 houses were damaged by 50 to 70 percent, in Vietnam’s central, Central Highland and southern provinces.
Among 13 central regions and Central Highlands localities affected in prolonged downpour, central Phu Yen province suffered the heaviest loss, with seven killed and one missing.
The Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said the flood was due to heavy rain, which was brought by cold air and a tropical low pressure system.
The agricultural sector was hit badly with about 12,000 hectares of rice and crop under water, while some 42,724 poultry farms and 440 cattle were drowned or washed away.
The Department estimated the economic damage caused by the flooding at 492 billion VND (21.8 million USD) as of November 6.
The department warned the provinces to keep monitoring rain and flood forecast and be prepared to evacuate residents from areas prone to flash flooding and landslides.
The Phu Yen provincial People’s Committee asked the government to urgently send 1,100 tonnes of rice as aid relief for some 33,600 people affected by the flooding.
Phu Yen and Dak Lak were the only two provinces with most of the lands underwater as of November 6. Flood water fully receded in Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Tri, Quang Binh and Ha Tinh.
Last month, floods following heavy rain killed dozens of people in Vietnam’s central region of Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces and inundated more than 100,000 houses.