Sơn Tinh kills 29, more showers to come

July 24, 2018 - 16:18

The death toll in the Sơn Tinh Typhoon has raised to 29, according to National Committee for Search and Rescue, with 10 more still missing as the country is bracing for new heavy downpour on Tuesday.

Floods recede slowly in Bến Vôi Village, Quốc Oai District, Hà Nội. — Photo thanhnien.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The death toll from Typhoon Sơn Tinh has reached 29, according to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, with 10 more still missing as the country braces for fresh downpours on Tuesday.

Rescue forces in the northern provinces of Yên Bái and Sơn La and the central province of Thanh Hóa where the typhoon struck the hardest found five bodies on Monday and Tuesday after days of intense searching in the areas hit by flash floods. Yên Bái was worst hit, with 14 people confirmed dead and three still missing.

Two days after the rain ceased, several areas across the northern region were still under water, even in the capital Hà Nội.  

Hundreds of households in Cấn Hữu Commune on the outskirts of Hà Nội were isolated for several days as the floods slowly receded. Cấn Hữu People’s Committee vice chairman Đỗ Văn Hùng told the Thanh Niên (Young People) newspaper that the water had flooded houses since Saturday afternoon and 187 houses in the villages of Bến Vôi and Định Tú were still isolated as of Monday.

New downpour

While northern Việt Nam is still struggling to recover from Typhoon Sơn Tinh, a low pressure system is heading towards the Việt Nam-China border.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, showers are expected in provinces in the northeast region, including Quảng Ninh, Lạng Sơn and Bắc Giang on Tuesday evening. Heavy rain will then spread over to other provinces in the north on Wednesday and Thursday. — VNS