More than 100 dead due to ‘worst floods in decades’ in Vietnam

A woman wades though floodwaters along a street in central Vietnam's city of Hue on October 17, 2020. Photo: Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP, Getty Images

Vietnam’s worst flooding in decades has killed more than 100 people and flooded thousands of houses. The authorities warned that severe weather would come. According to the report by CNN.

The number of deaths caused by floods and landslides in central Vietnam for several weeks has risen to 111, and 22 people are still missing. Reuters reported Wednesday.

Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, chairman of the Vietnamese Red Cross society, said in a statement on Tuesday: “These devastating floods are some of the worst we have seen in decades.”

According to the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA), more than 7,200 hectares of food crops were submerged and destroyed. More than 691,000 cattle and poultry were killed or washed away in the floods. Sixteen national highways and 161,880 meters of local roads in four provinces also damage.

A man rides his bicycle past flood waters during heavy rain showers in Hai Lang district in central Vietnam's Quang Tri province on October 16, 2020.

The country is now preparing to suffer another violent attack by tropical storm Saudel, which hit the Philippines and then hit Vietnam, causing flooding and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.

October is the rainy season in Vietnam. However, the country has affected by particularly severe weather for several consecutive weeks, affecting agriculture, irrigation and transportation.

According to the VNA, at the beginning of the month, storms and cold caused rain and flooding in cities and provinces in central Vietnam. Since mid-October, 250,000 households in six provinces have been “submerged” and many areas are 2 to 3 meters underwater.

Earlier this week, rescuers discovered that the 14 bodies of 22 soldiers were missing after a landslide engulfed the barracks.

During the outbreak of the La Nina meteorological system, the entire area suffered particularly heavy rainfall. It is characterized by the unusually cold temperature of the equatorial Pacific.

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