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November, 28 2011 09:48:04

Floods ravage central region for second time in November

Local residents are forced to get about by boat due to floods over the weekend in central Phu Yen Province's Dong Xuan District. — VNA/VNS Photo The Lap

Local residents are forced to get about by boat due to floods over the weekend in central Phu Yen Province's Dong Xuan District. — VNA/VNS Photo The Lap

HA NOI — Floods, triggered by torrential rain, have ravaged the central region over the weekend, with a countless number of houses and rice crops inundated or destroyed.

According to a report from the Central Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control, average rainfall on Friday and Saturday in central coastal provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Binh Dinh was between 50-100mm.

Heavy rains, of 200-600mm were reported in some areas, including Nam Dong District in Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang City, Tam Ky, Tra My districts in Quang Nam and Ba To in Quang Ngai.

Floods on some local rivers reached their high warning level, but started to recede from Saturday afternoon, the committee said.

Rising water submerged almost 3,400 houses in the provinces of Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh, damaged 450ha of rice and subsidiary crops and a lot of irrigation works as well as transport routes.

Flood also swept away a 10-year-old boy from Tay Tra District in Quang Ngai.

More than 280 households in Mo Duc District were moved to higher ground.

Financial losses have yet to be calculated, but some districts in Binh Dinh estimated they would amount to between VND3 billion (US$144,000) and VND12 billion ($571,000) in their localities.

Some provinces in the same region are still recovering from floods that struck earlier this month, when 20 lives were lost.

Last week, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung earmarked VND135 billion ($6.4 million) from the State budget and 3,600 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to support flood-hit areas.

Flood tide in HCM City

Flood tides in the Sai Gon River, which broke a 50-year record in HCM City just a month ago, flowed even higher on Friday.

The Phu An station recorded 1.6m, or 0.03m higher than the old mark set on October 29.

When the level topped 1.55m on Friday, water spilled over the dyke in Districts 2, 12, and Thu Duc, flooding some residential areas.

Low-lying areas along the river and canals were inundated, with roads being submerged and traffic becoming chaotic.

Luong Dinh Cua Road in District 2 was the worst hit with the water reaching 0.7m, completely blocking traffic.

Twelve areas in the city were severely flooded on Friday, according to the city's anti-flooding programme management centre.

The HCM City Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control has ordered local authorities to beef up surveillance of the dyke and canal systems.

The committee has also ordered the Dau Tieng Reservoir management board to closely monitor the flood gates to minimise damage in the city's downstream areas.

One of the main objectives of Dau Tieng, situated 70km from HCM City, is preventing floods in downstream Sai Gon. — VNS

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