|On Wednesday morning, the Phu Kieng wooden bridge in Nha Trang City's Vinh Ngoc Commune is swept away as the water level in Cai River rises.— Photo vov.vn
HA NOI — Heavy rain in the past four days in central Viet Nam triggered
floods that claimed eight lives, submerged nearly 1,000 houses, and forced thousands
to evacuate, authorities said yesterday.
It continued to rain heavily on Wednesday, causing serious flooding in
many areas, and threatened the lives of many residents including students in Khanh Hoa
Three seventh-grade students of Tran Nhan
School in Khanh Hoa's Dien Khanh District
drowned after falling into a pit at a construction site on Monday, police
The students fell into a 30m-long and 2m-deep pit when they stopped to
play by the roadside after school, the police said.
The pit, which had been dug by a road construction firm, was filled with
water because it had rained earlier. However, the construction agency had not
placed any warning signs for residents.
The fourth student, 11-year-old Nguyen Thi Xuan Quyen, died while she
was riding her bicycle to school on Monday morning. Due to the heavy
rain, the road was inundated and resulted in Quyen falling into the canal and being
Quyen's body was found the next day.
Tran Minh Nghi, 42, resides in Nha
reportedly died after she fell into a river on Monday, and Phung
Vo, 76, from Ninh
was reported missing while going fishing on Tuesday.
The Committee for Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue in Khanh
Hoa province, said the rain had flooded 1,000 houses and affected a lot of
shrimp breeding ponds.
On Wednesday morning, the Phu Kieng wooden bridge in Nha Trang City's Vinh Ngoc Commune was swept away as the water
level in Cai River rose.
The Phu Kieng wooden bridge over the Cai River,
links three villages on the other side of the river with the centre of Vinh
Le Van My, chairman of Vinh Ngoc Commune's People's Committee said
the destruction of the bridge could cause problems for residents living on both
sides of the river.
He also said residents were hoping that a new bridge would be constructed
as soon as possible to reduce traffic accidents.
Heavy rain combined with high tides caused severe landslides at the
fishing port of Tuy
Hoa City's Ward 6 in Phu Yen Province.
Local authorities have evacuated residents in the coastal areas to
safety, while using rocks and sandbags to protect coastal erosion. Meanwhile,
tidal waves caused severe erosion in Cua Lo area, of Binh Trung village, Tam
Hai commune in Quang Nam
province's Nui Thanh district, threatening the lives of dozens of households.
Tran Ngoc Huu, chairman of Tam Hai commune, said that up to 12m of
land was lost every year due to storms.
According to the disaster prevention department for Central and Central
Highlands, heavy rain was expected in the provinces from Quang Binh to
Ninh Thuan, which would continue for several days.
The rains could bring floods in the central provinces of Quang
Tri to Khanh Hoa. The provinces also face the risk of flash floods
and landslides in the mountainous areas. – VNS