Thou­sands help­less as floods hit Viet­nam, Thai­land

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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

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