An excavator clears a road blocked after heavy rains in Nghia Do commune of Bao Yen district, Lao Cai province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Torrential rains on October 22 caused big damage to residents’ properties agriculture and infrastructure works in several communes in the northern mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang.

According to the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, heavy rains measuring 100mm in Nghia Do commune, Lao Cai’s Bao Yen district, caused floods sweeping nine houses away, inundating 87 other houses, more than 100 ha of food crops.

Local authorities have dispatched rescue forces to help affected families move to safe areas.

Quang Binh district of Ha Giang reported rains of 60-90mm. Floods and landslides caused by rain claimed one live and destroyed seven houses, while one is still missing.  

Local police and civil defence force are searching for the missing victims and helping affected families deal with the consequences.  

More rain is forecast for the northern mountainous region on October 23 and 24 due to a coming cold wave. The region is also warned of high risks of flash floods and landslides.

The Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has requested authorities in northern localities to keep a close watch of the local weather and take preventive measures against floods and landslides.-VNA