Thanh Hoa floods leave three missing, thousands evacuated
  • | | September 01, 2018 10:47 AM
 >>  Nghe An households evacuated and isolated by floods

Three people were left missing while nearly 20,000 others were evacuated due to rising floods in the central northern province of Thanh Hoa's Cam Thuy District.

Floods in Thanh Hoa Province on August 31

By the late afternoon of August 31, the rising water on the Ma River had submerged many surrounding houses, some areas were three metres under the water.

Houses are deeply submerged under water

Local authorities had urgently evacuated more than 3,500 households with nearly 20,000 people to safe places.

Police and military officers come to help evacuate people

Many families lost everything in the flash floods.

"The floods came so fast that we only had enough time to run away," said Nguyen Van Hoi in Cam Thuy Town. "We had lost all our assets left behind."

Power had been cut in some areas including Muong Lat and Cam Thuy districts since August 30.

According to a report from local authorities, the water lever measured in the Ma River was 21.61 metres at 7pm on August 31, which was 1.1 metres above alarm level 3.

High water level on the Ma River

Many surrounding communes including Cam Luong, Cam Thanh, and Cam Thach in Cam Thuy District were completed isolated.

A boat is used on flooded roads

In Thanh Hoa City, more than 800 families had to leave homes on the afternoon of August 31 as their houses were flooded.

At present, water in the Ma River is slowly falling.

A report released late Friday by the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said that flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain over the past few days have killed three people and injured three others in the northern provinces of Hoa Binh, Son La and Yen Bai.

The floods and landslides have also damaged 371 houses in seven northern provinces and one central province, inundated over 1,000 hectares of rice and other crops, killed 73 cattle and 100 fowls, and damaged 53 hectares of aquaculture ponds, 150 meters of dykes and 560 meters of canals.

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