Floods following heavy rains caused by a tropical depression have killed at least 15 people and triggered vast damage in the central and Central Highlands regions.

According to the National Committee for Search and Rescue, as of 7:30 a.m. on November 16, the floods had caused the deaths of seven people in Quang Ngai province, five in Binh Dinh, and one in each Quang Nam, Phu Yen and Gia Lai province. One person in Gia Lai and three others in Quang Ngai were reported missing.

Torrential rains have inundated 29 communes in Quang Nam , nine communes in Quang Ngai, 14 in Binh Dinh, and eight in Phu Yen.

In Quang Ngai alone, floods have made 17 houses collapse, unroofed 35 others, damaged 200ha of rice and submerged 1,400ha of industrial crops.

The urgent situation has prompted localities to evacuate thousands of households in vulnerable areas.

Local authorities are urgently carrying out measures to deal with floods’ consequences.-VNA