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Floods ravage central region for second time in November


Floods, triggered by torrential rain, have ravaged the central region over the weekend, with a countless number of houses and rice crops inundated or destroyed.

According to a report from the Central Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control, average rainfall on Nov. 24 and 26 in central coastal provinces from Thua Thien Hue to Binh Dinh was between 50-100mm.

Heavy rains, of 200-600mm were reported in some areas, including Nam Dong district in Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang City , Tam Ky , Tra My districts in Quang Nam and Ba To in Quang Ngai.

Floods on some local rivers reached their high warning level, but started to recede from Nov. 26 afternoon, the committee said.

Rising water submerged almost 3,400 houses in the provinces of Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh, damaged 450ha of rice and subsidiary crops and a lot of irrigation works as well as transport routes.

Flood also swept away a 10-year-old boy from Tay Tra district in Quang Ngai.

More than 280 households in Mo Duc District were moved to higher ground.

Financial losses have yet to be calculated, but some districts in Binh Dinh estimated they would amount to between 3 billion VND (144,000 USD) and 12 billion VND (571,000 USD) in their localities.

Some provinces in the same region are still recovering from floods that struck earlier this month, when 20 lives were lost.

Last week, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung earmarked 135 billion VND (6.4 million USD) from the State budget and 3,600 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to support flood-hit areas./.
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