Death toll reaches 27 as northern Vietnam braces for more devastating flooding, landslides

By Pham Hai Sam - Phan Hau, Thanh Nien News

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Heavy rains triggering floods and landslides have killed at least 27 people, displaced thousands people and isolated more than 10,000 others over the past days in northern Vietnam.
Ten people were killed from August 1-3 to flashfloods and landslides, including 2 in Lai Chau, 2 in Lang Son, 3 in Cao Bang and one in each of Son La, Bac Giang and Yen Bai.
Earlier, 17 people were killed in Quang Ninh, the province suffering the hardest hit so far, after a low pressure area triggered heavy rains since July 26. The province has got a record of 1,500 mm of rain in 9 days.
Upstream water has submerged the Ba Che River in Quang Ninh Province in up to 10m, with all bridges in Ba Che District was flooded.
Nguyen Cong Quyen, a district official, said six communes with more than 10,000 people in the district have been isolated since Monday afternoon.
Water has submerged the Khe Man Dam on Na Lang River in Ba Che District in up to 3 meters, isolating about 300 Dao people in the area.
Earlier, the district had evacuated 252 families to safe place and supplying them with rice, instant noodles and freshwater.
In Cao Bang Province, the search for the body of Trieu Sanh Khuon, 40, has been suspended due to bad weather.
Earlier on Sunday, rocks and soil of a nearby hill collapsed on Khuon's house, killing his wife Trieu Thi Chuong and his son Trieu Van Say and injuring five others. The bodies of the mother and son were found later on Monday.
In Yen Bai Province, landslides destroyed 21 houses in several mountainous districts, killing a 25-year-old woman in Mu Cang Chai.
Flooding and rockslides also cut many roads on the National Road 6 and 279 in Dien Bien Province.
According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, heavy rains have been reported in Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Lang Son and Bac Giang from August 3-4 before reducing on the following days.
However, high risks of flashfloods and landslides are forecasted in most northern mountainous provinces while inundations may continue to hit lowland areas in Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh.
Elsewhere, monsoon rains have claimed hundreds of lives across Asia as rescuers scrambled to reach remote areas of India, Pakistan and Myanmar after flash floods and landslides, AFP reported.

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