24 dead, 6 missing in Vietnam floods

  • 24 were recorded dead and six persons remain missing after Typhoon Wipha hit Vietnam last week, according to authorities
  • Damage was estimated at $46 million.
  • Vietnam is among the countries prone to disasters brought by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes, and storms.

Death toll from the floods in Vietnam brought by Typhoon Wipha has risen to 24, while six persons remain missing, authorities said Monday.

Earlier reports noted that the worst hit province was Than Hoa, with three recorded casualties and 12 missing.

The Central Highlands of Vietnam, as well as the northern part of the country have been affected by immense flooding after Typhoon Wipha made landfall.

Around 3,900 houses and more than 22,000 hectares of crops were reportedly submerged, while more than 130 kilometers of national roads have been damaged.

About 142 hectares of aquarium farming and 4,300 cages of river-raised fish were reportedly destroyed after the incident.

The damage was estimated at more than $46 million or one billion Vietnamese dong.

Around 800 soldiers from the army and national militia were reportedly deployed over the weekend to help with disaster relief in the north-eastern provinces.

Typhoon Wipha made landfall on Thursday night in Quang Ninh province, home of the Unesco World Heritage Site Halong Bay, and the neighboring Haiphong city.

It was the third and the strongest tropical storm that hit Vietnam this year.

The United Nations said that Vietnam is among the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change, facing six to seven typhoons yearly.

The Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention claimed that 181 casualties were recorded in Vietnam last year due to natural calamities, particularly storm-related incidents, flash floods, and landslides.

The International Panel on Climate Change also said that Vietnam is one of the nine countries that will have at least 50 million exposed to the impacts of rainstorms and rising sea levels.

Sources:
Aljazeera
PM News
Xinhuanet
The Straits Times

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