Viet Nam

Heavy rains, floods kill 49 in Vietnam

The committee has also sent its missions to the affected localities to inspect rescue and aid efforts.

Non-stop heavy rains, the worst to have hit Hanoi in more than 25 years, killed 18 local people and sent food prices skyrocketing in the capital as much of its transportation system ground to a standstill over the last two days.

By the morning of November 2, rain had lightened and water had receded in Hanoi, but many of the city's streets remained submerged in water.

Eleven deaths were also reported in other northern localities, namely Bac Giang, Hoa Binh, Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho and Ninh Binh, and the death toll in central Vietnam, where floods submerged several provinces earlier in the week, reached 20, including 17 in Ha Tinh province.

Property losses are estimated to reach tens of trillions of VND as floods have destroyed and damaged nearly 55,000 houses, more than 180,000 ha of food crops, over 9,600 ha of aquatic product farm, 140,000 cu.m. of dykes, and nearly 70 km of roads.

On November 2, the Presidium of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee sent a message of condolence to the disaster-hit localities over their human and property losses and decided to provide aid in cash to the bereaved families with 2 million VND for each victim and to the injured with 1 million VND each.

Tay Ho District is no longer submerged. The flood has withdrawn from the districts of Tu Liem and Soc Son and transportation has been resumed in those areas.

In Thanh Tri District, water is quickly withdrawing, resulting in average flood levels of between 30-50cm. In Thanh Xuan District, some roads are in 20-30cm of water.

However, many major streets are still under water, such as Tran Quoc Toan, Quang Trung, Nguyen Du, Pham Ngoc Thach, Dao Duy Anh, Huynh Thuc Khang, Hoang Cau, Thai Ha, and Le Duan. In the western and southern parts of the city, the flood is still serious.

Hanoi's Chairman, Nguyen The Thao, told VietNamNet that the authorities are considering some solutions to handle the flood at the advice of experts. Thao has assigned specific tasks to six Vice Chairmen related to anti-flood and related issues.

P.Hoa - H.Lan