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Deadly flooding and landslides in Northern Vietnam claiming three lives

Deadly flooding and landslides in Northern Vietnam claiming three lives

Deadly flooding and landslides in Northern Vietnam claiming three lives

Deadly flooding and landslides in Northern Vietnam claiming three lives

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  • Heavy rain has caused flooding and landslides in northern Vietnam, resulting in the partial submersion of thousands of homes.
  • Residents in Ha Giang City stand on rooftops waiting for rescue.
  • Access to three communes bordering China has been cut off due to landslides.
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State media reported Monday that flooding and landslides in northern Vietnam have claimed three lives after days of heavy rain that partially submerged thousands of homes. Images on state media depicted water gushing down the steep roads of mountainous Ha Giang province, a popular spot for motorcycle tours, with vehicles overturned and abandoned in the floodwater.

Residents in Ha Giang city stood on rooftops waiting for rescue as heavy and continuous rain pounded the province since Saturday. State media reported that thousands of homes have been partially submerged, and many roads have been damaged.

A statement on the website of the provincial authorities indicated that high water on the Lo River had triggered “floods and landslides.” The statement mentioned that access to three communes bordering China had been cut off due to landslides. State-run Voice of Vietnam reported that three people died after being swept away in floodwater or buried in landslides.

At the weekend, serious flooding also affected the northern port city of Hai Phong and Quang Ninh province, where the UNESCO World Heritage site Ha Long Bay is located. Vietnam frequently experiences harsh weather during the rainy season between June and November.

Last year, natural disasters, including floods and landslides, claimed the lives of 169 people in the Southeast Asian nation. Scientists have warned that climate change is causing extreme weather events globally to become more intense and frequent

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