16 November 2013, 19:03

22 dead in central Vietnamese flooding

22 dead in central Vietnamese flooding

At least 22 people have been killed in floods in central Vietnam, with three more reported missing, according to disaster officials and news reports Saturday.

The flooding was brought on by two days of heavy rain.

"I have never seen such a large-scale flood in Binh Dinh province in the past 30 years" Phan Xuan Hai, director of Binh Dinh province's Committee for Storm and Flood Control, said.

"At least 12 people were reported dead while two (are) missing in Binh Dinh province, and most of them were swept away," he added.

Torrential rains during the past two days brought rainfall of up to 800 millimeters in some parts of the central province, the Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Centre reported.

Water has been rising rapidly since Friday morning, with the level of inundation in the central province ranging from 0.3 metres to 2 meters, the center stated.

Fierce floodwaters have submerged, destroyed and damaged tens of thousands of houses. Many areas have been cut off by the flood. Authorities evacuated about 70,000 people, but thousands remain stranded. The military has mobilized helicopters to help.

Many local rivers have passed levels that trigger warnings. The situation is not expected to improve soon, Viet Nam News Agency said. 

Voice of Russia, dpa

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