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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Flooding and Landslides Kill 105 in Vietnam

At least 105 so far reported dead and 27 still missing after Storm Linfa and Storm Nangka caused intense flooding and landslides in Vietnam.

At least 105 so far reported dead and 27  still missing after Storm Linfa and Storm Nangka caused intense flooding and landslides in Vietnam.  

Vietnam’s Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported that the casualties were from 12 provinces, stretching along the central Vietnamese coastline and up into the central highlands.

Among those who were killed were soldiers and construction workers who were swept away and buried by mudslides. 

Aside from the human toll, 178,000 homes flooded, nearly 7,000 hectares of crops destroyed, and close to 690,000 poultry, livestock killed or swept away by flooding.

National infrastructures including sixteen national roads have been damaged or destroyed, causing major traffic disruptions across the country.

In the Hue province, footage on social media showed Police and soldiers using canoes and boats to save people stranded on their rooftops. 

The situation was also similar in Quang Binh province where people waited for rescue on top of their houses after the flood went past wading height.

“They are dealing a staggering blow to the livelihoods of millions of people already reeling from hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everywhere we look, homes, roads, and infrastructure have been submerged, ” said Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu, president of the Vietnam Red Cross Society.

Vietnam’s National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warned of more flash floods and landslides as another tropical depression approaches. 

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