25/08/2018 09:01 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Severe torrential rains, floods hit Son La, killing four locals

Floods triggered by prolonged torrential rains in the past month have killed four locals and injured two others in the northern mountainous province of Son La as of August 24.

According to the provincial Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, and Search and Rescue, landslides damaged a number of roads linking communes and villages, while floodwater swept away 10 houses, damaged 138 others, along with 524ha of rice and other crop farms and 23ha of fish farms.

Total property losses have mounted to over 56 billion VND (2.4 million USD), reported the committee.

Most recently, heavy rains occurred on wide scale on August 23 in Thuan Chau district, causing flashflood in communes along Muoi stream – including Phong Lang, Chieng Ly, Thom Mom, Tong Lanh, Tong Co, and Thuan Chau town. There were heavy losses in both human life and property.

In Phong Lang commune alone, three locals went missing, two were later found alive and one dead.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of the commune Phong Lang Tong said that this had been the most severe flood to hit the locality in the past 30 years. In the commune, 40ha of rice farms were submerged in floodwater, along with 12ha of fish farms and three hectares of other crops.

Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Thuan Chau, Nguyen Duc Thang, said that the district has made timely support for families of the deceased and injured victims, while evacuating locals residing in high-risk areas.