Central provinces hit by storm

Update: October, 15/2016 - 01:00
Flooding in Quảng Bình Province. — Photo courtesy of Nguyen Chau A
Viet Nam News

THỪA THIÊN - HUẾ — Three people died and two others have been reported missing in Việt Nam’s central provinces after a low tropical depression made impact Thursday.

The depression caused continuous heavy rains in Thừa Thiên - Huế, Quảng Trị and Quảng Bình in both day and night, blowing roofs off  hundreds of houses and wrecking trees. One man died after falling from his rooftop during home repair, and two others are presumed dead and still missing after strong flood currents in Thừa Thiên - Huế and Quảng Bình washed them away.

Another in Quảng Trị got heavy facial injury from falling roof tiles.

A report released yesterday morning by Thừa Thiên - Huế Centre for Flood and Storm Rescue said the storm blew away roofs of 87 houses in Phong Điền, Phú Vang and Phú Lộc districts. About 2,000 hectares of cassava are possibly rotten and 26 hectares of vegetable destroyed because of floods.

Phong Điền roads were flooded, while traffic circulation in many streets in Huế City has been hindered by falling trees. Blackouts occured  in many areas around the province, and all schools shut down yesterday to ensure childrens’ safety.

Water in local rivers continues to rise and heavy rains continue in several zones around the province.

In Quảng Trị, 180 house roofs were blown off and five fishing boats wrecked because of strong winds. Large plots of rubber and black pepper were devastated.

Flooding occured in many areas in Hướng Hóa and Vĩnh Linh districts. All students stayed home yesterday.

In Quảng Bình, almost all of Tân Hóa Commune has been flooded, with river water everywhere.

According to the national Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting, heavy rains will continue in central provinces of Thừa Thiên - Huế, Quảng Trị, Quảng Bình, Hà Tĩnh and Nghệ An till Tuesday next week.

The national steering committee on natural disaster prevention held an online conference with the central provinces of Thừa Thiên-Huế, Quảng Trị, Đà Nẵng, Quảng Ngãi and Quảng Bình.

These localities were tasked with closely monitoring the situation, setting up response teams in vulnerable areas and spreading storm updates and warnings to remote areas.





Falling trees block streets in Huế City, Thừa Thiên - Huế Province. — Photo