Landslides in Son La province (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Torrential rains in recent days have caused serious floods and landslides in several northwestern mountainous localities, causing heavy losses in both human life and properties.

In Son La province, floods killed one local and injured two others, while affecting 1,521 houses, including 37 completely destroyed.

Nearly 615 hectares of rice and crop farm have been submerged in floodwater, while 11 schools in Mai Son, Van Ho, Muong La, Quynh Nhai, Song Ma and Sop Cop districts were damaged.

Floods and landslides blocked various roads, causing 153 traffic congestion points. As many as 45 irrigation works were damaged, while the power supply in 25 communes in eight districts was affected.

In Son La city, floods also blocked many roads and caused serious traffic congestion.

Meanwhile in Lao Cai province, downpours broke many roads and irrigation works, along with a bridge in Nam Tha commne, Van Ban district.

Eight classrooms and houses for teachers in the pre-school and primary school in Nam Tha commune were also affected.

According to the provincial Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue, 18 houses in the province were damaged, while 140 hectares of rice and dozens hectares of crop were submerged.

Dien Bien province also suffered from heavy losses, with 52 houses, three class rooms, nine irrigation works, four water works, and over 60 hectares of rice damaged.

Five national highways running through the province were submerged with 400 landslides sections.

A report from the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, Search and Rescue of Yen Bai province, as of 17:00 of August 31, one death was recorded in Thach Luong commune, Van Chan district, due to flood.

Serious flood in various localities across Yen Bai also destroyed 186 houses, 581 hectares of farm, with total losses amounting to 22 billion VND (946,000 USD).

So far, the localities are working hard to support affected locals and overcome the consequences of the disasters.-VNA