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Dien Bien (VNA) – Flashfloods swept away a local on June 27 in Muong Nhe commune, Muong Nhe district of the northern province of Dien Bien, while destroying many houses and massive areas of crop.

According to the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention, Search and Rescue of Dien Bien, torrential rains from June 23-27 caused floods in the locality, damaging 25 houses and 10 hectares of crop.

About 500 square metres of aquatic farm was swept away, while more than 60 heads of livestock were drowned.

All equipment of the kindergarten of Nam Vi commune in Muong Nhe district was  swept away. Floods also destroyed a primary school in Sen Thuong commune of Muong Nhe district.

Many suspension bridges, irrigation dams and canals in the district were seriously damaged, while travel in Muong Nhe and Tua Chua districts has been difficult due ot the damage to roads.

Meanwhile, floods ruined 11 middle-voltage power poles and 38 low-voltage poles, causing power loss in a massive area spanning Muong Nhe, Dien Bien Dong and Tuan Giao districts.

On June 25, 11 transformer stations were damaged, along with a 35kV transmission line, leading to power disruption of more than 900 households. Power supply is expected to resume on July 4.

On June 28, National Assembly Vic Chairman Phung Quoc Hien led a working team to the neighbouring province of Lai Chau to direct the settlement of flood consequences and visit victims’ families.

Lai Chau has been seriously hit by flood and landslides, with heavy losses in both human life and property.

By 7:00 on June 28, the province reported 16 deaths and nine people missing.-VNA