HÀ NỘI — The death toll from floods caused by Typhoon Bebinca had increased to 10 as of Saturday, according to the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
Nghệ An Province was hardest hit with six fatalities.
In addition, two people in Sơn La and Thanh Hóa are still missing.
Roads in Sơn La, Yên Bái, Thanh Hóa and Nghệ An provinces have been shut by landslides, while dykes have burst in the provinces of Bắc Giang and Thanh Hóa.
HÀ NỘI — Typhoon Bebinca has weakened into a tropical low-pressure system on Friday morning after it made landfall on the coast of provinces from Nam Định to Thanh Hóa.
The National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting said at 10am on Friday the strongest wind speeds near its eye reached about 40km per hour.
HCM CITY — Land subsidence caused by excessive groundwater extraction and rapid urbanisation is worsening flooding in HCM City.
Experts have warned of subsidence problems for years, citing Jakarta, Indonesia, which is sinking at the fastest rate of any city in the world, around 2.5 metres over the last 10 years.
HCM City will face the same problem as Jakarta if it does not take action as soon as possible, they have said.
HÀ NỘI — The Ministry of Health yesterday instructed departments in northern and central Việt Nam to evacuate medical facilities in areas at high risk of landslides and flash floods to ensure patient and medical staff safety as Typhoon Bebinca closes in.
Health departments in affected provinces have also been directed to stock up on medicines and supplies and have emergency teams on standby in high-risk areas.
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Residents must work closely with medical workers to prevent and control epidemics in areas where flood waters had been lingering in Chương Mỹ District for more than 10 days, said director of the Hà Nội Department of Health Nguyễn Khắc Hiền.
Located about 30km from downtown Hà Nội, Chương Mỹ, Quốc Oai and Thạch Thất were among the hardest hit by heavy downpours which began on July 21, and much of Chương Mỹ District was left under water.