VOV.VN - At least four people have died and tens of thousands of houses have been submerged after heavy rain triggered severe flooding in central Vietnam, said the National Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control on November 30.
In Binh Dinh province alone, floods have left three dead and nearly 24,000 houses and hundreds of hectares of rice and subsidiary crops inundated.
Parts of national highways 1, 14H, 19C, 27, 29 and 40 in Binh Dinh, Quang Nam and Phu Yen were deep under water, disrupting traffic.
The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said water levels in major local rivers are expected to rise to or even surpass the third alert level – the highest warning level – in coming hours.
It warned about widespread flooding and flash floods as well landslides in central provinces from Quang Ngai to Khanh Hoa and in the Central Highlands region.
The National Steering Committee on Natural Disasters Prevention and Control requested localities in the central region to evacuate local residents from low-lying areas, to a higher ground and ensure a sufficient supply of essential food for evacuees.