Central flood exacerbated by dam failure

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At least 16 people have died and two were reported missing during Monday's floods in the central region, according to the central committee of flood and storm control.


The victims were struck by lightning or swept away by the deluge, it said.Nearly 60,000 people were isolated after their homes were swallowd by the unprecedented waters.


In the meantime, there is a great possibility that the Ho Ho Hydropower dam (which connects Huong Khe District and Tuyen Hoa District in Quang Binh Province) will breach, covering Huong Khe in more than 40 million cubic meters of water.


The water level has risen more than one meter over the edge of the dam, flooding more than 25,000 houses. Portions of this area are already inundated by more than two meters of floodwater.


In the latest meeting with Ha Tinh's authorities, state-owned Electricity of Vietnam admitted that the flooding is partly due to a failure of its emergency discharge which suffered a power outage, authorities of Huong Khe District told Thanh Nien.


Bui Le Bac, Vice Chairman of Ha Tinh's People's Committee, said they ran the system with electricity generators Monday morning, but it didn't work properly --the water level was already too high, he said.


Tens of thousands of houses and suffered flooding and landslides in provinces like Nghe An, Thua Thien Hue and Quang Binh.


Le Thanh Hai, Vice Director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, was quoted as saying in Tuoi Tre that heavy rains will continue through the next two days, due to the effects of a low pressure zone in the northern reaches of the central region.

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