No respite for central Vietnam from landslides, flooding
12 Nov 20 VNExpress Source Heavy rains brought by Storm Etau over the past three days have caused landslides and severe flooding in central provinces, disrupting traffic and badly affecting people's lives.
Authorities in Son Tay District have reported landslides in six areas that set off nearly 10,000 cubic meters of soil and rock, disrupting traffic there. Local authorities earlier ordered the evacuation of 900 families living in high-risk areas.
Nguyen Van Dung, a local man, said: "From Tuesday night the floodwaters rose quickly and flooded streets. My house was also inundated."
Ngo Hoang Nam, chairman of Quy Nhon Town, said around 500 houses remained submerged as of Wednesday.
The 12th storm to hit Vietnam this year, Etau brought heavy rains to provinces such as Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, and Khanh Hoa. At least two people have been killed in Quang Nam and Binh Dinh.
Since October the region has been hit by torrential rains, widespread flooding and landslides caused by one storm after another. At least 235 people have been killed or are missing and thousands of houses have been flooded with the government saying the damage has been the worst in decades.