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Thousands of homes underwater after floods hit Vietnam

/ 05:49 PM November 15, 2023

floods hit Vietnam

Workers clean their bowls by a river in the town of Hoi An on November 8, 2017 following days of heavy rains after Typhoon Damrey hit the coast. The death toll from typhoon downpours and floods wreaking havoc along Vietnam’s south-central coast had risen to 69, authorities said on November 7, as the country prepares to host the world leaders’ Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Danang, just north of Hoi An. AFP FILE PHOTO

HANOI — The ancient Vietnamese city of Hue, a world heritage site popular with tourists, was underwater Wednesday after heavy rain flooded thousands of homes and blocked highways.

Pictures on state media showed residents navigating flooded streets in boats, while homes and cars were partially submerged.


“The city is flooded everywhere, with waters rising very quickly since Tuesday night,” Hue resident Vu An told AFP, adding that power had been cut off in the city.


Heavy rain has pounded several provinces along the coast since Monday.

More than 2,000 people have evacuated their homes in central Quang Tri province, where three people are missing, authorities said Wednesday.

Some parts of the national highway linking north and south Vietnam have also been blocked by landslides due to the flooding.

Vietnam is frequently lashed by harsh weather in the rainy season between June and November.

Forecasters said water levels may remain high for the next two days before improving this weekend.

According to official figures, natural disasters including floods and landslides have left 136 people dead and missing in Vietnam this year.


Scientists have warned that extreme weather events globally are becoming more intense and frequent due to climate change.


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