Severe flash flood hits Nghệ An at nightime

Update: September, 18/2018 - 16:00
Flash floods on Monday night caused serious damage to mountainous Yên Tĩnh Commune. Twenty-eight houses in Pa Tý, Cặp Chạng, Chà Lúm and Huồi Pai villages and two schools were flooded from 1 to 1.5m. — Photos
Viet Nam News

NGHỆ AN — A flash flood triggered by heavy downpours has submerged schools in Yên Tĩnh Commune, Tương Dương District in the central province of Nghệ An.

Chairman of Yên Tĩnh Commune People’s Commitee Vi Văn Khiêm said heavy rains and flash flooding occurred at 10pm on Monday with floodwaters rising to 1.5m, destroying cash crops and the property of local residents.

The local authorities have mobilised hundreds of officials, policemen and soldiers to clean up mud at flooded areas to ensure safety and stabilise the people’s lives, he told a local newspaper.

Yên Tĩnh is one of the communes in the region which is frequently hit by flash floods. — VNS

Soldiers, teachers and local residents clean up the Yên Tĩnh boarding school after the flood.
The devastated boarding school after the flash flood.
Students pick up books floating in the mud.
A local house was flooded and belongings were washed away.
Teachers’ tools in the boarding school were also submerged in the mud.