HANOI Floods kill 25 as new typhoon approaches
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. –
Villagers row past flooded homes in a village in Huong Khe district in Vietnam’s central province of Ha Tinh on October 16.