Vietnam Floods Kill 105, 5 Million People Affected

Military personnel rescue sailors of a ship at Cua Viet Port in Quang Tri province, Vietnam October 11, 2020. Ho Cau/VNA via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES NO ARCHIVES. VIETNAM OUT

Heavy flooding and landslides caused by weeks of torrential rains have killed at least 105 people and drenched five million in central Vietnam, according to media reports and aid organizations.

About a third of those killed were soldiers whose barracks were buried in deadly mud last week, Reuters reported.

At least 27 people are still missing, the agency said. Among them are 15 construction workers who were also affected by the landslides.


Army officers carry a body recovered from a landslide in Quang Tri province, Vietnam, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. The landslide in central Vietnam buried at least 22 army officers, just a week after another landslide killed over a dozen others due to prolonged rains in the region, state media reported. (Tran Le Lam/VNA via AP)

At least 178,000 houses were flooded and nearly 7,000 hectares of farms were affected. Nearly 690,000 poultry and animals were killed or wiped away

State television showed people sitting on rooftops waiting for rescue workers to help in Quang Binh province, where floods have blocked roads and turned off electricity.

Nguyen Thi Xuan Tu, President of the Vietnam Red Cross Society, described the floods as one of the worst seen in decades.

He said the situation is a blow to the livelihoods of millions of people already shaken by the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) said five million people were affected by the catastrophic flood and hundreds of thousands were in dire need of protection.

This flood will bring millions of people to the brink of poverty, said Christopher Rassi, a senior IFRC official.

Tuesday’s warning comes as Vietnamese authorities prepare for another tropical storm.

The Vietnam Meteorological Agency predicts tropical storm Saudel will hit its central region on Saturday, bringing heavier rainfall that could exacerbate the worst floods in years.


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