Floods, landslides take 102 lives in central Vietnam
The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control says the three provinces with the highest loss of lives are Quang Tri with 48 people, Thua Thien-Hue with 27 and Quang Nam with 11.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces had 166,780 households submerged in floodwaters, and 28,900 households with 90,900 residents had been evacuated.
Water levels were rising fast in rivers flowing through Ha Tinh. At 3 p.m., the water level had gone past the highest danger Level 3 by 0.5 m at Ngan Sau River near Chu Le Train Station. Water levels at the Ngan Pho and La rivers had reached danger Level 1.
At Ke Go Reservoir in Ha Tinh, the water level had already peaked at around noon last Sunday and it was currently discharging water at 940-cubic-meter per second (m3/s). The Ho Ho hydropower plant's reservoir was discharging water at 85 m3/s and that of the Huong Son hydropower plant at 15 m3/s. Other lakes in the area were also spilling over.
Ha Tinh Province has 28,418 households inundated, mainly in Ha Tinh Town and Cam Xuyen, Thach Ha, Huong Khe and Loc Ha districts.
Mai Van Minh, director of Quang Binh Province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said flood waters were receding quite slowly Monday afternoon.
"Tuyen Hoa District, the area near Gianh River, is still heavily flooded. We are focusing on relief for the people here and evacuating them according to plan," he said.
At 4 p.m., water levels in Kien Giang River in Le Thuy District exceeded flood danger Level 3 by 2.18 m, 0.97m higher than the historic flooding peak in 1979. A similar situation prevailed at Gianh River in Tuyen Hoa District.
The National Highway 1A section in Quang Binh Province and one part linking to Ho Chi Minh Highway were heavily flooded.
In Quang Tri Province, 53,750 houses in the nine districts of Huong Hoa, Dak Rong, Cam Lo, Dong Ha, Vinh Linh, Gio Linh, Quang Tri, Trieu Phong and Hai Lang are inundated. As many as11,083 households with more than 34,000 people have been evacuated.
According to the National Center for Meteorological and Hydrological Forecasting, the heavy downpours are likely to continue until Wednesday.
Natural disasters, mostly floods and landslides triggered by storms, killed 132 people and injured 207 in Vietnam last year.