HANOI Floods kill 25 as new typhoon ap­proaches

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SE­VERE flood­ing in Viet­nam killed at least 25 peo­ple and de­stroyed thou­sands of homes as the coun­try braced for fur­ther de­struc­tion with a typhoon bar­relling closer.

Im­ages from flood-hit cen­tral prov­inces showed houses al­most com­pletely sub­merged and peo­ple pad­dling down wa­ter­logged streets fol­low­ing heavy rain.

Four peo­ple are still miss­ing af­ter the del­uge, which started on Oc­to­ber 14, de­stroyed or dam­aged more than 240,000 homes.

Nguyen Khac Vinh, a res­i­dent in the hardest-hit prov­ince of Quang Binh, said there was still no wa­ter for drink­ing and cook­ing at his house which was to­tally flooded.

State-run me­dia re­ported that at least one lo­cal hy­dropower plant sud­denly re­leased wa­ter from its reser­voir, which con­trib­uted to some of the de­struc­tion over the week­end.

The gov­ern­ment said it was look­ing into whether the Ho Ho hy­dropower plant in Ha Tinh prov­ince should have re­leased the wa­ter with­out warn­ing.

Mean­while, Typhoon Sarika which lashed the Philip­pines over the week­end is ex­pected to hit Viet­nam to­mor­row, with north­ern prov­inces on high alert.

Lo­cal fore­cast­ers said they ex­pect Sarika to be the big­gest storm of the sea­son. Au­thor­i­ties said they may is­sue evac­u­a­tion or­ders and a ban on ships go­ing to sea. Viet­nam is hit ev­ery year by up to a dozen trop­i­cal storms or typhoons, which of­ten cause wide­spread de­struc­tion along coastal re­gions. –

Photo: AFP

Vil­lagers row past flooded homes in a vil­lage in Huong Khe district in Viet­nam’s cen­tral prov­ince of Ha Tinh on Oc­to­ber 16.

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