Hue hit by fifth flood in just a month
VietNamNet Bridge – Continuous heavy rain since Sunday evening worsened the inundation in lowland areas in the central provinces of Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Tri, with three people reported dead.
Lowland Quang Dien District in central Thua Thien- Hue Province has remained flooded since Monday. — VNS Photo Phuoc Buu
In Thua Thien- Hue, water in the province’s biggest rivers of Bo and Huong, fell to below the yellow alert level from flooding on Monday, but began rising again yesterday.
Water in Huong River reached yellow alert level in the afternoon, while water in Bo River rose faster and exceeded red alert level last night.
Phan Thanh Hung, an official in the province’s Committee for Disaster Prevention and Rescue warned schools in the Bo River basin to remain shut, as severe floods would inundate the communes of Phong Dien, Quang Dien, and Huong Tra again.
A report by the committee said that Monday’s flooding killed three people who were commuting by boat and motorbike before a strong current swept them away. Another resident sustained severe head injuries due to a fall when she was in a rush to protect her property from floodwater.
The report also said inundation affected 7,700 families, with water levels from 0.2m to 0.6m entering their homes. Floods disrupted life of Thua Thien- Hue residents, especially in lowland Quang Dien and Huong Tra districts, as traffic on many roads around the province was blocked, hindering trade and daily travel.
The flood yesterday evening was the fifth flood within one month in the locality. In early November, three floods killed 12 people and flooded more than 17,000 houses in both urban and rural areas.
In Quang Tri, the Monday floods isolated eight communes in Hai Lang District. The province’s Committee for Disaster Prevention and Rescue reported that 323 houses were flooded with water levels reaching 0.5m. No casualties were reported.