Floods kill 15, displace thousands in Vietnam

November 7, 2016 3:30 pm
At least 15 people have been killed and thousands of others displaced after heavy hit ’s central, central highland and southern provinces.
Vietnam’s Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said in a report on Monday that the flooding, which was caused by heavy downpours, has also left six people missing.
The floods have blocked roads and destroyed more than 200 houses in 12 provinces, while more than 40,000 there have been inundated, the report added.
According to the report, a combined 12,000 hectares of crop land were also flooded, while more than 40,000 cattle and poultry were dead or washed away.
In a similar natural disaster last month, floods from torrential rain killed dozens of people and inundated more than 100,000 houses Vietnam’s Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.
It was reported to be the worst flood to hit central Vietnam since 2011, when nearly 60 people lost their lives.
All of Vietnam is subject to substantial rainfall every year. Torrential rain batters some areas, ranging from 1,200 to 3,000 millimeters.
Nearly 90 percent of the precipitation occurs during the summer. The average annual temperature is generally higher in the plains than in the mountains and plateaus.
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