Local houses have been inundated.
(Photo: VNA)

Thanh Hoa (VNA) – At least 14 people lost their lives, five were injured and five others went missing after floods triggered by torrential downpours swept through the central province of Thanh Hoa in the past days.

Communes in Thach Thanh, Yen Dinh and Thieu Hoa districts have been submerged, resulting in difficulties for the local residents.

As many as 140 houses were damaged or affected by landslides and more than 17,600 other homes were flooded.

Over 19,000 hectares of rice and other crops were inundated, while some 156,000 cattle and poultry were swept away.

In addition, the flood also broke hundreds metres of dykes in the province. Many national routes like 1A, No.45 and No.217 have been 50-70 cm under water, hindering traffic.

Localities have evacuated 17,600 households in landslide-prone areas to safer places, including 3,389 in Thach Thanh district, 3,415 in Tho Xuan district and 1,727 in Thuong Xuan district.

The provincial Department of Industry and Trade has prepared 1,800 boxes of instant noodle, over 1.8 tonnes of dry provisions and 5,500 litres of water to evacuated families in Thuong Xuan district. The Red Cross Society also sent emergency aid, including 6,100 boxes of noodle and 3,000 bottles of water, to Nong Cong, Tho Xuan, Thach Thanh, Yen Dinh and Vinh Loc districts.

More than 1,500 soldiers and 8,500 militias have been deployed to assist flood-hit localities, tackle dyke incidents and involve in search and rescue activities.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, Buoi River rose to 13.34 metres, 1.34 metres above the third warning level, at Kim Tan as of 7 a.m on October 13. Meanwhile, Ma River rose to 4.1 metres, 0.1 metre above the first waning level.

The centre forecast that the water level on the rivers will decrease in the next 12 hours, reducing flooding Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces.-VNA