|A flooded house in Quỳnh Lưu District, Nghệ An Province. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Floods and landslides have isolated thousands of people in the central and Central Highlands regions after typhoon Noru.
The regions face a high risk of floods even as the typhoon dissipates.
According to the National Hydrometeorological Forecasting Centre, torrential rain is forecast to continue in the central and Central Highlands regions. As a result, flash floods and landslide warnings have been issued.
Prolonged torrential rain has inundated more than 2,000 houses in Quỳnh Lưu District, Nghệ An Province, with some parts up to 70cm underwater. Residents had to evacuate.
A dyke section in Quỳnh Tam Commune broke on Wednesday night. Hundreds of residents and military officers were on-site to protect the dyke under the rain.
More than 300 schools in Nghệ An have been closed due to heavy floods and isolation.
Reservoirs in the central region have released water over the past few days, leading to floods.
Authorities in central Nghệ An Province fixed the landslide on a section of the North-South railway line at Hoàng Mai Station, which a lot of trains departing from Hà Nội run.
The landslide was reported on Wednesday night and delayed some trains.
The water level of rivers in Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình and Quảng Nam provinces are expected to rise.
Floods are forecast in rivers of provinces from Thanh Hoá to Quảng Trị.
The central Hà Tĩnh Province has closed 83 schools, affecting nearly 35,000 students, due to the floods.
Some roads connecting villages in Sơn Tiến, Sơn Bằng, and Kim Hoa communes have been flooded, isolating 123 households.
Since Wednesday night, landslides have isolated 8,000 people in three villages of Tu Mơ Rông District, Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.
About 1,000 cu.m of rock and soil has blocked the road leading to Tu Thó Hamlet. Local authorities are mobilising forces to clear the road.
In other areas where weather conditions are more stable, residents are helping each other repair houses.
On Thursday morning, passenger boats and high-speed ferries from the mainland to Phú Quốc, Thổ Châu and Nam Du islands resumed operations. — VNS