Floodwaters pummel northern Vietnam ahead of tropical storm

By Thanh Nien staff, Thanh Nien News

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Fishermen in Lao Cai Province pull a boat swept far away from the Red River banks due to floodwaters July 14. Photo: Ngoc Bang Fishermen in Lao Cai Province pull a boat swept far away from the Red River banks due to floodwaters July 14. Photo: Ngoc Bang

Floodwaters emanating from the Hong (Red) River swept away boats and 42.7 hectares of crops in Lao Cai Province’s Xat Bat District on Monday morning.

Deputy Head of the District Agricultural Department Phi Trung Kien told Thanh Nien that the sudden floods began just after midnight of July 14 have also swept away 20 ships docked along the riverbank -- one of which sank with 30 tons of goods on board.

The floods racked up damages of around VND8 billion (US$380,000), according to Kien.

Dozens of wards have already been evacuated.

More than 20 communities along the Provincial Road 158 and many small paths were swallowed by the floodwaters causing heavy traffic throughout.

The National Weather Forecast Center on Tuesday morning said that the Rammasun typhoon, which was tracked at around 520 kilometers south-east of the Philippines, may sweep over China’s Hainan Island and reach deeper into the Northern Bay of Vietnam, drenching the northeast.

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