Hanoi, October 17: Around 24 people killed and several other missing in central Vietnam after Floods due to heavy rainfall occurred in four central provinces. The heavy rainfall, began last Wednesday have brought amounts of rain ranging from 300 to 900mm over the past few days, according to the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
The previous 24 hours saw a massive 526mm, giving a total of 961mm of rain in just two days. The province of Ha Tinh on Vietnam's north central coast recorded 235mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 06:00GMT on Sunday.
"We are worried. We have instructed district governments to outline plans for evacuating people from high-risk areas to cope with the Typhoon," said disaster official Tran Le Dang Hung.
Heaviest casualties were suffered by people in Quang Binh province, as 15 people lost their lives, nine of them died there. At least 20 others are still missing. At least 30,000 homes are damaged and roads, railway lines severely damaged. Many flights in and out of the region were cancelled and several villages were also cut off.
The disaster temporarily disrupted the North-South Highway and damaged infrastructure, crops and fish farms. Though the rainfall is expected to ease, the region is likely to see more heavy rain by the end of the week.
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