Floods triggered by torrential rains in northern mountainous provinces claimed a life and left another missing on August 13, said the Central Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Control.

A ten-year-old boy in Sin Ho district, Lai Chau province was killed when he was passing a dam spillway. A 19-year-old man in Van Ban district of Lao Cai province was swept away when he was crossing a stream.

In early morning of August 12, five people were killed, while two others were injured during a flash flood in Tam Duong town in Tam Duong district.

Heavy rains and floods also destroyed houses, damaged rice fields and many sections of roads in the two provinces of Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Lao Cai and Lai Chau.

The Lai Chau authorities asked local relevant agencies to continue keeping a close watch on the developments of the natural calamities, outlining evacuation plans while inspecting the system of dykes and embankments and irrigation works.

According to the Lai Chau Centre for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting, rains continue in the locality in several days to come.-VNA