Floods kill 27 in central Vietnam

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At least 27 people were dead and one was reported missing as flooding caused by torrential rains combined with discharged flood waters from reservoirs has swamped central Vietnam since November 4, according to local authorities.

Meanwhile, ongoing seasonal flooding in the Mekong Delta has so far killed at least 78 people, mostly children, since August, the United Nations said on Monday (November 7).

In central Vietnam, Quang Nam Province, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hoi An Town, recorded the highest death toll with 19 casualties, followed by Da Nang City and Quang Ngai Province with three each. Thua Thien-Hue,  Binh Dinh and Phu Yen provinces reported one death each.

On November 7, flood waters submerged the historic town of Hoi An under some 2.9 meters of water. Water was one meter higher than alarm level 3 (the highest level) and only 0.5 meters lower than the peak floods in 2009.

Tens of thousands of houses in the town were submerged as residents used boats to travel around the Old Quarter.

More than 10,000 people in Quang Nam were evacuated from flood-stricken low-lying areas. They were resettled in safe places such as People's Committee offices and schools and were given food, drinks and clothing.


Dams multiply Vietnam flooding misery

According to local authorities, heavy downpours combined with the fact that a local dam, the Song Tranh River Hydropower Plant, discharged flood waters from its reservoirs at the speed of 4,000 cubic meters per second, contributed to the flooding.

In the former imperial city of Hue, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, floods also submerged roads under some 0.7-1.2 meters of water.

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