Thousands helpless as floods hit Vietnam, Thailand
THE latest floods hit Vietnam this week.
“Our entire village has had sleepless nights...it’s impossible to fight against this water, it’s the strongest in years,” a resident in northwestern Hoa Binh province said.
Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Dis- aster Prevention and Control said authorities were discharging water from dams to control water levels.
About 317 homes had collapsed, while more than 34 000 other houses were submerged or had been damaged.
Earlier reports said more than 8 000 hectares of rice had been damaged and about 40 000 animals were killed or washed away.
Hoa Binh Province in the northwest declared a state of emergency and opened eight gates to discharge water at Hoa Binh dam, Vietnam’s largest hydroelectric dam, the first time it has done so in years.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited northern Ninh Binh province where water levels in the Hoang Long river are their highest since 1985.
Floods have also affected seven of 77 provinces in Thailand, Vietnam’s neighbour to the west. – Reuters