Flood leaves 12 dead, cuts national highway in central Vietnam

20:18, October 18, 2010      

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Residents evacuate from their flooded village by a boat in Ha Tinh province, central Vietnam, Oct. 18, 2010. At least 20 people were killed and over 150,000 houses collapsed due to foods triggered by torrential rains in recent days. (Xinhua/VNA)

Continuous rain and several floods in central Vietnam has left 12 dead and nine missing, and submerged several parts of the national highway 1A by one meter, Vietnam News reported on Monday.

According to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, most of the victims were in Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

Waters are continuing to rise in these provinces, said the report.

The national highway 1A, a key road running from north to south in the country, was one-meter deep in water in some parts and many provincial roads in central Vietnam remained even deeper under water, said the report.

The north-south railway was also suspended and about 3,000 passengers were stranded at the stations, said the report.

The rain also flooded thousands of houses in these provinces for the second time since the beginning of this month, said the report.

The previous floods in early October killed 66 people in central Vietnam.

Vietnamese government has decided to dispatch 2,000 tons of rice and ten million dollars to the worst-hit Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces.

The central government also sent out an urgent message requiring all relevant agencies and organizations to evacuate and support inhabitants in dangerous places, rescue victims and protect dikes.

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