November, 18 2013 08:45:45

Floods ravage Central region

Binh Dinh Province police help local people in a flooded area of Nhon Loc Commune, An Nhon Town. The region has been seriously flooded since Friday. — VNA/VNS Photo Viet Y
DA NANG (VNS) — At least 31 people are dead, three missing and dozens injured following floods and landslides triggered by 50-60 centimetres of rain during the past week.

The torrents ravaged cities from Thua Thien-Hue to Khanh Hoa.

Thousands of tourists were evacuated from tourist areas, particularly ancient Hoi An Town. Residents in many areas had to use boats to travel along roads.

The National Search and Rescue Committee said the floods had also inundated nearly 10,000 houses and 431 hectares of rice and crops.

In Quang Nam alone, as many as 29 communes across four districts were completely submerged and five people were reported dead and missing.

Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces suffered the heaviest losses. At least 20 people were killed and 81 communes were flooded.

Nguyen Phong, chairman of Son Ha District in Quang Ngai Province, said yesterday 3,000 households were still isolated in Son Cao, Son Linh and Son Nham communes.

More than 165 houses were swept away and another 1,000 left on the verge of collapse, he added.

Floods also swept through five communes in An Lao District, while 42km of the 47km long Dong dyke system was under 0.5m to 1m of water.

About 78,000 people living in coastal and flooded areas from Quang Nam to Phu Yen were evacuated over the past weekend.

On Saturday, some parts of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage site, were inundated under up to three metres of flood waters.

In Da Nang City, roads in eight out of 15 communes in Hoa Vang District have been flooded. A bridge on the main road connecting Hoa Vang District to the Ho Chi Minh Trail was closed to cars when a section of the bridgehead was eroded by floodwater on Saturday night.

Dozens of power poles on the roadside were toppled by erosion. Residents had to use boats to travel on flooded roads.

"The flood came too quickly. Water went up by 80cm in just one or two hours at night. We did not even have time to move furniture to higher areas," said Nguyen Thai, 74, from Hoa Phong commune.

Nguyen Thoai, 74, in Bac An village, said his house collapsed as strong floods washed away the bottom of the walls.

According to the latest report, flooding in Binh Dinh Province is abating, but lowland areas of the Con and Lai Giang rivers are still high..

On Saturday, 15 reservoirs from Quang Nam to Binh Dinh had to discharge quickly to make way for large inflows.

Heavy rains also overflowed 10 out of 15 reservoirs from Kon Tum to Dac Nong in the Central Highlands yesterday. Resources have been molibised to monitor flood points and assist residents.

Hydro-power reservoirs are reported to have reduced water discharges.

In central regions, some national train services were cancelled on Friday night but were resumed on Saturday. — VNS

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