Vietnam struggles with heavy rains. Many thousands of inhabitants were evacuated in the central regions of the country last weekend. According to the local press, one person is dead.
In Quang Ngai Province alone, at least 4,500 people had to leave their homes. State media showed video footage from the neighboring Quang Nam province showing people saving their most valuable possessions, including furniture. In many places, the water was knee-deep, breaking into apartments and shops. According to the local press, one person was killed.
Seasonal rainfall intensified in mid-October, causing heavy losses in dozens of localities. According to the VNExpress portal, the city of Hoi An, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, has suffered as a result of flooding and landslides. Heavy equipment was needed to clean it of almost 20 tons of water-borne trash. In some places, the water also left a layer of mud, several dozen centimeters long.
Vietnam. It’s not the end of the downpour
The low pressure system from the South China Sea is expected to bring even more downpours in central and southern Vietnam by the end of the week, the government’s meteorological institute said.
Floods and landslides occur in this part of the country every year, especially along the coasts. In 2020, Vietnam was additionally hit by tropical cyclones that damaged hundreds of thousands of residential buildings and forced the evacuation of almost 100,000 people. At that time, natural disasters claimed nearly 380 deaths.
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