Two dead, three missing in central Vietnam floods

Two people lost their lives and three are still not found after days of extreme downpour flooded streets and thousands of homes in central Vietnam, the disaster management authorities unveiled on Thursday. Along with the most-impacted cities was Hue, Vietnam’s old imperial capital, where 16,000 homes have been partially submerged, according to the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

State media reported that a 40-year-old woman lost her life and her 18-year-old daughter was missing after they were swept away by floodwaters when a boat they were travelling in capsized at the world heritage site. In Quang Tri province, the body of a 36-year-old man who had gone fishing on a lake was discovered on Wednesday, state media added. Across five central provinces, more than 4,000 people have been saved from their homes, authorities revealed.

Parts of the national highway connecting north and South Vietnam have also been blocked by landslides due to the flooding. The nation is so many times lashed by cruel weather in the downpour season between June and November. Forecasters said the downpour will go on to happen in the region for another day before getting improved this weekend. According to official figures, natural disasters which includes floods and landslides have led to 138 people dead and missing in Vietnam in 2023.