Unusual floods kill 3 in central Vietnam

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A farmer in the central province of Quang Ngai visits his corn field which was damaged by recent heavy rains. Photo: Hien Cu A farmer in the central province of Quang Ngai visits his corn field which was damaged by recent heavy rains. Photo: Hien Cu

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Several floods triggered by unusual heavy rains over the last few days have claimed three lives in central Vietnam, authorities say.
Two people in Quang Ngai and one in neighboring Quang Nam drowned as rainfall totals from March 24-28 in some areas hit more than 500 mm, the highest in March since 1965, Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the Central Meteorological Forecast Center, said Saturday.
Cuong called the heavy rains “unusual” as they occurred during the dry season. The flooding season in central Vietnam usually starts in July and lasts until December.
Floods over the last several days annihilated about 2,700 hectares of rice and other crops in Quang Ngai, local authorities said.
“We often fear droughts in March, which may reduce our crop yields. But this year major floods came, submerging our crops,” said Doan Nam Dat, a 61-year-old farmer in Quang Ngai’s Hanh Minh Commune.
Floods also damaged large areas of crops in Quang Nam and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

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