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Houses remain isolated after typhoon flooding

Update: August, 02/2014 - 08:50

SON LA (VNS)— Nearly 20 households in Phong Lai commune's Phieng Luong village remain isolated by water nearly two weeks after typhoon Rammasun battered the northern mountainous province of Son La.

Village head Sung Long Tu said water levels started to rise from July 20, resulting in serious flooding. Dozens of houses were flooded, while nearly 70ha of crops were submerged.

Houses in low-lying areas were flooded up to their roofs while houses on higher ground saw water levels reach up 50cm.

The only passage linking the village with others was flooded, forcing local residents to walk through dangerous mountain passes, he said.

Vu Thi Sinh, a local resident, said the flood waters had risen so fast they only time to collect important items, while rice and food stored in the house were completely submerged. After their crops flooded, their cattle had fled into the forest.

Another resident Lau Va Si said most local farmers had incurred debts to pay for their crops, fertilizers and pesticides, promising to repay the money after the harvest.

However, most of the crops had been destroyed, with many farmers now unable to repay their debts, he said.

While the water has receded slowly down by the mountainous terrain, it is expected to take another week for the flooding to ease completely, said Lu.

Local authorities have tried to provide local resident with basic necessities such as food and water and move those in submerged houses to temporary accommodation in the village's cultural house.

Chairman of Phong Lai commune's People's Committee Nguyen Van Bai said local authorities would also provide the residents with crops and invest in building in new roads. — VNS

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