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Flash floods have continued causing chaos in the central region as residents struggle with outbreaks of disease and price rises for essential items.
18 passengers whose bus was swept away are presumed dead.
Hundreds of soldiers using boats and metal detectors were mobilised to search for the missing passengers, state television reported.
The bus was yanked off the main north-south road as it travelled through Ha Tinh province beside the swollen Lam River on Monday. Eighteen other people on the bus swam to safety or were rescued after clinging to trees and power poles.
Tran Dac Luc, a survivor, was quoted by the VnExpress news website as saying the bus floated at first, but then began to sink slowly as the driver tried to calm passengers.
“The driver asked everyone to stay calm so that he could try to drive onto the pavement,” he said.
When that did not work he asked people to break the windows, which would not open until he used a wrench, allowing several people to crawl out, he said. Luc escaped only to watch his son and niece climb free but retreat to the bus because they could not swim, VnExpress quoted him as saying.
“We looked at the bus sinking completely,” he said. “I have no hope for them to be alive.”
“I think they are all dead,” Tran Van Long, deputy head of police in Nghi Xuan district, told AFP.
“The search will continue until the time we find the bus and the bodies.”
“I think they are all dead,” Tran Van Long, a local police chief, told the AFP news agency. “The search will continue until the time we find the bus and the bodies.”
VietnamNet online news site listed the names of the 18, who included 11 women and three children, among them an eight-month-old girl.
The floods have wreaked havoc in Ha Tinh, where authorities said more than 150,000 homes had been inundated.
“The disaster has left thousands of people in the province penniless after their assets were swept away in the flood waters. They have nothing left to eat or drink,” the chairman of Ha Tinh’s local government, Vo Kim Cu, was quoted as saying in the state Vietnam News on Tuesday.
Television pictures showed rescuers in boats delivering instant noodles.
“My house is flooded to the roof,” Nguyen Thi Mai, a Ha Tinh resident, said on the official Voice of Vietnam radio.
She said all her furniture had floated away but she and her husband were staying.
“Officials gave us noodles and clean water today.”
People have suffered “a very severe shortage of food products” in recent days and the top priority is to get them food and water, Nguyen Bang Toan, a Communist Party district chief in Ha Tinh, said on state television.
“We have to save them from hunger,” he said.
Die Ha Tinh Provinz (3 ärmste Provinz in Vietnam) erlebt zur Zeit die schlimmste Flut seit seiner Geschichte. Über 70 Menschen starben und rund 800.000 von 1.200.000 Menschen sind nach Offiziellen Angaben betroffen.
Momentan werden in Ha Tinh von GTZ Mitarbeitern Menschen evakuiert, Hilfsgüter, wie Decken, Wasserkanister und Lebensmittel verteilt. Alle Mitarbeiter der deutschen Organisationen DED, DED Weltwärts und GTZ in Ha Tinh helfen der lokalen Bevölkerung und bitten um Ihre Unterstützung.
In Ha Tinh wurden nur am letzten Wochenende mehr als 68.000 Menschen in Sicherheit gebracht. Es wurden nach Angaben unserer Behörden hier tausende Hektar Ackerboden überflutet. Für die betroffenen Menschen werden dringendst “rund 5000 Tonnen Reis” sowie Medikamente, sauberes Wasser, Hygieneartikel, Kleidung usw. benötigt. Es sind viele Schulen, Gesundheitseinrichtungen, Kirchen und Verwaltungseinrichtungen getroffen. Bereits Anfang des Monats hatte es nach tagelangen heftigen Regenfällen schwere Überschwemmungen in Ha Tinh gegeben, bei denen mehr als 60 Menschen starben und etliche noch vermisst werden.
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The environmental pollution as a result of mud, dead bodies of animals and clean water shortage has led to skin and eye related diseases and acute diarrhea in the commune. During the flood days, hundreds of local people were taken to the districts general hospital for medical treatment.
According to a report released on October 11 by the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control, the recent flood has claimed 66 lives and 75 injuries in the central Vietnam. It has also caused 17 missing people with most of them being fishermen. Total losses are estimated at VND2.56 trillion (USD131.28 million). Quang Binh was the hardeslt-hit with the loss of VND1.3 trillion.
Báo Dân Trí English – 1 day
A new flood hit the central province of Ha Tinh following a week-long battle with the aftermath of another flood.
On the morning of October 16, DTiNews observed heavy rain in the mountainous district of Huong Khe. Ngan Sau River’s water level was rising rapidly and flowing into villages and fields, threatening thousands of families on its banks. Many roads within the district have been covered with water.
Le Tran Sang, Vice Chairman of Huong Khe People’s Committee, said the district this morning sent 22 teams to 22 communes to deploy emergency measures and evacuate people.
Downpours have soaked fields along National Highway No.1A running to the districts of Duc Tho and Huong Son. The swift-flowing water current has inundated villages located on the two banks of Ngan Pho River namely Son Thinh, Son Hoa, Son Ninh, Son Mai and Son Phuc.
Chairman of Huong Son Peoples Committee, Nguyen Duy Trinh, said heavy rains together with flood-tides had put 13 local communes at the river basin underwater by late October 15.
The flood has attacked up to 410 hectares of rice, 1,200ha of maize and 10 medical stations and post offices. Trinh also noted that the torrential rains have sunk 79 schools under water causing an estimated damage of tens of billions of VND.
After the death of a 9th-grade pupil in Son Thuy Commune on the same day, the districts education department asked all local schools to closely monitor the safety of children.
Coming to several communes isolated by the flood water in Huong Son District, Dantri/DTiNews reporters saw the anxiety of people coping with the on-going downpours. Many of them are still filled with terror from the historic flood in 2002.
New flood hit Huong Khe District
Many roads have been flooded
Emergency teams have started evacuating people in high-risk areas
The province is still dealing with the aftermath of the previous flood
Water level of Ngan Pho River rising
Many schools consumed with water
The flood put hundreds of houses underwater
Schools must close
Many roads are isolated by water
Residents in Huong Son are fighting with the deluge
>> Floods bring central commune back to stone age
>> Floods claim 64 deaths in central Vietnam
>> PM visits worst-hit province of Quang Binh
>> Heroic effort saves 350 villagers from floods wrath
>> DTiNews continues flood relief efforts to remote islets
>> VND100 billion and 1,000 tonnes of rice reach flood-hit province
>> DTiNews delivers relief to flood victims
>> Death toll rises to 60 in central Vietnam
1. Climate change will have adverse impacts in Ha Tinh
through typical weather extremes such as the increase
in intensity and frequency of storms, heat waves, more
intense heavy rains and especially the rise in sea level.
2. Impacts of climate change in Ha Tinh will be notable
in all sectors including water availability, agricultural
productivity, aquatic productivity, forestry, industrial
development, transportation resources out of which
the most noticable is likely to be the negative impacts
on agricultural, forestry and aquatic production
as it would adversely affect the livelihood of the
3. Climate change would also adversely impact
biodiversity of the region including mountainous
ecosystem, island ecosystem, coastal ecosystem,
inland water ecosystem and mangroves.
4. Ha Tinhs vulnerability to climate change is likely
to be felt across all ecosystems: agro-ecosystem,
forest ecosystem, freshwater ecosystem, and regional
ecosystems especially marine ecosystem.
5. Climate change will also have adverse impacts on the
safety of industrial, traffic, civil works in terms of the
design and construction.
6. The gap in electricity demand and production in the
province is likely to widen due to climate change.
Ha Tinh Assessment Report on Climate Change: http://geodata.rrcap.unep.org/climate_change_report/HaTinh-Eng.pdf
More than 5,000 households in Huong Khe and Vu Quang districts in Central Ha Tinh province have been submerged due to recent heavy rains. Floods swept away 7 people and injured one, including 1 soldier, 5 people in Huong Khe and 2 people in Huong Son district. On October 3, the Ha Tinh provincial Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control directed localities to evacuate people from the flooded areas. The provincial Military Headquarters and Border Guard Headquarters sent 200 soldiers to help evacuate around 4,000 households. By 9am on October 3, the flood water had overflowed the Ho Ho hydroelectric dam by 0.4m and swept away 1 generator and destroyed another. The province had to mobilise 100 people to deal with the problem. Bui Le Bac, chief of the provincial Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, said that the province was using machinery and all resources available to clear the front of the dam in order to prevent water overflowing the dam and it continued to evacuate local people from dangerous areas.
Floods swept away 7 people and injured one, including 1 soldier, 5 people in Huong Khe and 2 people in Huong Son district.
On October 3, the Ha Tinh provincial Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control directed localities to evacuate people from the flooded areas. The provincial Military Headquarters and Border Guard Headquarters sent 200 soldiers to help evacuate around 4,000 households.
By 9am on October 3, the flood water had overflowed the Ho Ho hydroelectric dam by 0.4m and swept away 1 generator and destroyed another. The province had to mobilise 100 people to deal with the problem.
Bui Le Bac, chief of the provincial Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control, said that the province was using machinery and all resources available to clear the front of the dam in order to prevent water overflowing the dam and it continued to evacuate local people from dangerous areas.
In Zentralvietnam sind nach heftigen Regenfällen 13 Menschen ums Leben gekommen oder vermisst. In den Provinzen Quang Binh und Ha Tinh sei seit dem Wochenende mehr als ein Meter Regen gefallen, teilte das Komitee für Sturm- und Flutkontrolle mit. 50 000 Häuser wurden zerstört, 35 000 Menschen in Sicherheit gebracht.
Bei Überschwemmungen nach tagelangen Regenfällen sind in Vietnam mindestens 13 Menschen ums Leben gekommen. Die meisten Opfer wurden von den Fluten mitgerissen, wie die Behörden in Hanoi am Dienstag mitteilten. Seit Freitag wurden demnach 62.000 Häuser im Norden und im Zentrum des Landes überschwemmt. Mehr als 900 Sicherheitskräfte waren im Einsatz, um knapp 35.000 Menschen vor den Fluten in Sicherheit zu bringen.
Das staatliche Fernsehen zeigte Bilder von umgestürzten Bäumen und Stromleitungen sowie von kleinen Häusern, die bis zum Dach unter Wasser standen. Berichten zufolge drohte in der Provinz Quang Binh, der Damm eines Wasserkraftwerks zu brechen. Zahlreiche Straßen waren von Schlammlawinen und Wassermassen bedeckt. Vielerorts wurde die Ernte zerstört. Vietnam wird regelmäßig von Tropenstürmen und Überschwemmungen heimgesucht.