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Flood chaos in China and Vietnam

November 5, 2008

The toll from flooding and landslides in Vietnam and south China is rising, with at least 51 dead in China and reports of 92 dead in Vietnam.

In the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, a clean-up is beginning after floods swept across the north of the country.

Parts of south-western China have been hit by the worst flooding in more than a century, Chinese state media said.

A girl and her bicycle are carried on a raft through a flooded street in Hanoi, Vietnam on 4 November 2008

Above: It was the heaviest rain in Vietnam for decades

Heavy rain over the past 10 days has caused landslides and mud-rock flows in the province of Yunnan.

At least 43 people are missing in China’s south-west, official media reported.

Century’s worst

The China Daily newspaper said the downpours in Guangxi province caused the worst floods in its capital Nanning since 1907.

From the BBC

Hundreds of soldiers, police and medical teams have been sent to the flooded areas, along with rice and clothing for the victims.

More than 60,000 people have been evacuated from their homes since Tuesday, state media added.

In Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, four people died and torrents of mud have flowed through towns and villages elsewhere, the China Daily said.

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (2nd L) and his ... 
Despite heavy rains and flooding in Hanoi, government goes on. 
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (2nd L) and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen (2nd R) review the guards of honour during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi November 4, 2008.REUTERS/Kham (VIETNAM)

Heavy storms have blocked roads, destroyed crops and homes, damaged reservoirs and dams, and caused $100m (£63m) in economic damage, state media said.

Vietnam clean-up

Weather forecasters in Vietnam said the country had suffered the worst rains in 35 years.

At least 74 people are confirmed to have died in the floods in Hanoi and northern Vietnam in over a week of heavy rain – though the Associated Press news agency quotes Vietnamese authorities as saying the total had risen to 92 people.

Life is returning to normal in the capital as a huge clean-up gets under way.

Residents found more than 30cm (1ft) of mud in their homes at the height of the flooding.

Pumping stations are at work removing millions of cubic metres of water from the capital’s neighbourhoods.

Dykes across the Red River delta, intended to protect the capital city, have been a focus of concern, with troops on standby.

Although the region suffers annual deluges, this year counts among the worst experienced in recent years.


Vietnam floods kill 49, Hanoi still under water

November 2, 2008

HANOI (Reuters) – Floods triggered by torrential rains in northern and central Vietnam have killed about 49 people, state media said on Sunday, 18 of them in the capital Hanoi hit by the worst flooding in more than two decades.

More flash floods were expected in the northern and central provinces later on Sunday and Monday, weather forecasters said.

“The flood situation remains very complicated,” the national meteorology center said in a flood report late on Sunday.

A vegetable seller goes through a flooded street in Hanoi,Vietnam, ... 
A vegetable seller goes through a flooded street in Hanoi,Vietnam, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. Much of Vietnam’s capital remained under water Sunday as the death toll from the city’s worst flooding in two decades climbed to 17, disaster officials and state media reported.(AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

Floods on Hoang Long, Buoi and Ca rivers in northern Vietnam remained on “very high level,” the government’s storm and flood control committee said in the report.

State media said at least 18 people were killed by the floods in Hanoi, believed to be the heaviest to hit the capital since 1984. Among the dead were three children on their way to school.

National channel Vietnam Television quoted flood control officials as saying about 49 people had been killed and several remained missing in floods in the country’s northern and central regions in the past week.

Many streets in downtown and on the outskirts of the capital remained under water and residents were seen fishing on the streets near West Lake, the city’s biggest.

“Food, especially vegetables, is running out fast and prices have gone up four or five times,” said Nguyen Thu Thuy, whose home has been under water since Saturday.

Television footage on Sunday showed more than 90 percent of the capital’s vegetable growing acreage was under up to 1 meter (3 ft) of water.

Many residents in Hanoi abandoned cars and motorcycles in the streets.

Torrential rain continues to pound northern Vietnam on Saturday, weather forecasters said warning of flash floods in six mountainous provinces.

A customer stands in front of a submerged supermarket along ...
A customer stands in front of a submerged supermarket along a flooded street in Hanoi, November 1, 20008.(Kham/Reuters)

Up to 500 mm (19.7 inch) of rain had pounded Hanoi since Friday, halting traffic, while landslides had eroded many sections of the north-south Ho Chi Minh highway in Thua Thien-Hue province.

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