90 dead, 34 missing in central Vietnam floods, landslides
October 19 2020 12:16 PM
Military personnel searching for missing soldiers at the site of a landslide in central Vietnam's Qu
Military personnel searching for missing soldiers at the site of a landslide in central Vietnam's Quang Tri province.

QNA/Hanoi

Floods, landslides and other natural disasters triggered by downpours have left 90 people dead and 34 others missing in Vietnam's central region over the past two weeks.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Monday that 52,933 houses were submerged.

As of Monday, around 37,500 households with 121,280 people in the localities of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue had been evacuated to safe areas. Some 121,700 houses were still inundated, the committee said.

Heavy rains and severe floods forced thousands of people to stay home and many schools were closed. The floods also caused heavy material losses.

The devastated flooding, which has lasted for more than 10 days since Oct. 6, was caused by record rainfalls in 30 years.

Heavy rains are expected in central localities until Wednesday, with rainfall expected to be over 600 mm in some areas, generating high risks of floods, flash floods and inundation, the committee said. (QNA)





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