Central steering committee urges continued actions in response to floods in central region hinh anh 1Floodwater has reached the roofs of houses in Minh Hoa district of Quang Binh province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The standing office of the central steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control has demanded ministries, sectors and localities continue to focus on dealing with serious flooding in the central region following the Prime Minister’s October 8 dispatch.

The request was made in the face of complex developments of incessant rains and floods that have caused heavy human and property losses in the region.

As of 6pm of October 9, downpour-triggered floods had killed five people (two in Quang Tri, one in Quang Ngai, Gia Lai and Dak Lak each) and injured four (one in Quang Binh and three in Thua Thien-Hue) while eight had gone missing, according to the standing office.

As many as 33,386 houses in the central region had been damaged and landslides recorded at 93 sites on national highways and 2.2km of provincial roads. Many local roads have also been flooded, blocking the traffic flow.

Meanwhile, six cargo ships broke down and three others sank in Quang Tri province. One fishing boat also sank off the coast of Binh Dinh province as a result of downpours and floods.

Floods also inundated 52ha of rice and 1,957ha of crops, devastated 772ha of aquatic farming, and killed or washed away a large number of livestock and poultry in the region.

By the end of October 9, floods had submerged two communes in Ha Tinh province, 28 others in Quang Binh, 68 in Quang Tri, 51 in Thua Thien-Hue, and 12 communes and wards in Da Nang city.

To cope with floods, 26,407 people in Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang and Quang Nam had been evacuated by 6pm of October 9./.