|Volunteers clean the street in Huế City. — VNA/VNS Photo Đỗ Trưởng|
HÀ NỘI — Downpours and flooding in many parts of central Việt Nam in the last few days have killed at least three people and damaged dozens of thousands of houses, according to a report of the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control released on Sunday.
Heavy rain occurred from Thursday-Sunday in Quảng Bình, Quảng Nam, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Bình Provinces and Đà Nẵng City. Some places recorded total rainfall of 857mm (Nam Đông Station, Thừa Thiên Huế) and 831mm (Suối Đá Station, Đà Nẵng).
Nearly 20,000 houses in Thừa Thiên-Huế were inundated by 0.3-0.8 metre of water, roughly 3,600 houses in Đà Nẵng and over 1,300 houses in Quảng Trị were inundated up to 1 metre of water.
More than 14,000 people in Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên Huế, Quảng Ngãi, Đà Nẵng had been evacuated.
Downpours and floods also inundated train routes and roads.
Typhoon Nesat’s eye is forecast to be in the north of the East Sea with level 10 winds and level 12 gusts. It will then move west and the storm eye will be 460km from Hoàng Sa (Paracel) with level 12 winds and level 14 gusts.
Waves heights could reach 7 metres.
It is forecast that all fishing boats are at risk of being affected by strong winds and waves.
The risk of flash floods in rivers, streams and mountainous areas and landslides are expected in areas from Quảng Bình to Quảng Ngãi. VNS