Vietnam's central region suffers two floods within one month

18:28, October 21, 2010      

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Vietnam's central region is having a difficult time combating aftermath of the flood as it has been hit by two deluges since the beginning of this month.

At least 46 people have been killed in central provinces in the past week, bringing the death toll from flood to 112 in October in central Vietnam, according to the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.

The victims are mostly swept away by heavy flood waters when traveling in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh Nghe An and Thua Thien Hue provinces, said the center.

Although the flood water has receded in some areas as the rain stopped, many houses are still being submerged in central region, according to the center.

In the worst-hit Ha Tinh and Quang Binh province, more than 170, 000 houses have been submerged and 43 communes have been isolated.

Transportation in central provinces is severely affected. At present, the transportation of National Highway 1A was resumed, but many other roads are still flooded.

The Ho Chi Minh Highway running across the central region sees 18 points flooded by over 0.8 meter-deep water. The situation is even worse for provincial roads.

Meanwhile, the flood continued to submerge various parts of Vietnam's North-South railway system in central provinces. There were 20 points in the railway from Nghe An Province to Ha Tinh Province reporting water up to one meter deep.

The level of flood water on railway from Duc Lac County in Nghe An Province to Yen Due County in Ha Tinh Province was seven to eight meters, according to the centre.

The National Committee for Search and Rescue and the Defense Ministry have dispatched 19,000 soldiers and policemen to flood- hit provinces to help victims, along with around 400 boats and one helicopter.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is in Ha Tinh province for an inspection tour of the flood. He said the government will ensure there is sufficient food for those affected by floods in the central provinces.

Dung said the 34 million U.S. dollars have been allocated from the state budget to help flood victims. In addition, 11,000 tons of rice from the national reserve and five tons of instant noodles and dry food would be distributed to flood victims, he said.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said it will provide seedlings to flood-hit provinces as around 47,000 hectares of crop have been damaged in the flood.

The Saigon Railway Station said it would transport all goods for flood victims in the central region for free from now till the end of October.

According to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre, the central provinces may have good weather to combat the aftermath of the flood for the next few days and there will be no more rain until the end of this week.

Source: Xinhua


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