Flash flood sweeps away four-member family in Thanh Hoa hinh anh 1Search and rescue work is underway. (Photo: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) – A flash flood in the north central province of Thanh Hoa on July 20, triggered by the inter-tropical convergence zone, swept away three stilt houses, killing two and leaving two others in a family in Lang Chanh district missing.

The district People’s Committee reported that the flood, which took place at 1 am on the day in Hac village, Tri Nang commune, also injured three other people. They are given treatment at Lang Chanh district’s general hospital.

Search and rescue work is underway.

On July 19 night, tens of households in Trai village, Lang Chanh town were evacuated due to torrential rain. Downpours also caused landslides at several spots on provincial roads 530 and 530B, blocking traffic there.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting on July 20 warned urgent floods on Thao, Hoang Long, Da and Luc Nam Rivers, and risks of floods and landslides in northern and north central localities of Son La, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, Lang Son and Quang Ninh.

Inundation will possibly take place in low-lying areas of Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces.

The water level of Thuong River in Bac Giang province peaked 4.39 metres at 7:00 am on the day. Other rivers such as Thao River in Yen Bai province recorded the water level of 32.7 metres, 0.7 metre higher than the alert level 3. The water levels are slowly decreasing, the centre said.

Heavy downpours are forecast to last in the next few days.-VNA