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Thua Thien-Hue: Six killed, three missing due to flooding

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HCMC – Torrential rains and flooding over the past few days have left six people dead, three others missing and seven injured in the central Thua Thien-Hue Province, the provincial steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control confirmed yesterday, October 13.

Thua Thien-Hue and many other central localities have been affected by heavy rain these days due to the combined impact of a tropical convergence zone, a low pressure system that has weakened from Storm No. 6 and a tropical depression in the East Sea that has strengthened into Storm No. 7.

As of 9 a.m. yesterday, due to bad weather conditions, one house collapsed, 10 were damaged and nearly 85,000 others in the province were inundated under floodwaters measuring 1-2.5 meters.

Localities facing severe flooding comprised Huong Tra Town with over 19,000 affected houses, Quang Dien District with over 16,200 houses and Phong Phu and Phu Vang districts with a total of 20,195 houses. Most of the local roads were flooded and the flow of traffic was restricted.

Moreover, more than 332 hectares of crops, 150 hectares of cassava, one hectare of fruit trees, 10 hectares of flower cultivation land and 10,000 flower pots were damaged. In Phu Vang District, 1,465 hectares of an aquatic farming area was completely overflowed.

The steering committee added that irrigation and hydropower dams in the area are being operated safely. The districts of Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Phu Vang, Huong Tra Town and some areas of Hue City suffered from blackouts.

The provincial military, border guard and police forces have dispatched troops and vehicles to the affected areas for rescue efforts. They had evacuated 11,645 households with 35,530 local residents.

Aside from emergency assistance from the districts, the province’s food reserves were tapped to provide 25,000 cartons of instant noodles to the affected households. As the bad weather is forecast to prolong further, the provincial government requested emergency support from the Government, including 1,000 tons of rice, two tons of dry provisions, 10,000 cartons of instant noodles, 20 tons of Benkocid and rescue equipment.

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