Heavy rains and floods as consequences from Rumbia, the third tropical storm of the year heading to Vietnam, have claimed one life and caused property damage to three northern provinces of Dien Bien, Ha Giang and Thai Nguyen.

In the hardest-hit Dien Bien province, one people was killed and three others injured during landslides caused by rains, while property damage was initially estimated up to 11 billion VND, according to local authorities.

Vu Van Duc, Vice Chairman of Tuan Giao district’s People’s Committee, said that the flood on July 2 was the biggest in almost five decades. Local officials have directed the emergency forces to inspect high risk locations and move 50 households in dangerous areas to safe shelters.

Meanwhile, thousands of ethnic people in Ban May village, Ha Giang province’s Hoang Su Phi district, have been isolated after a steel-reinforced concrete bridge was swept away following three days of heavy rains. Many roads in the province have been blocked due to landslides.

The provincial steering board for flood and storm control has asked rescue teams to immediately carry out measures to overcome consequences of the natural disaster.

Thai Nguyen province has also been struck by heavy rain which is reported to have been the biggest so far this year, said the provincial hydrometeorology forecast centre.

Several main roads in the locality, especially in Thai Nguyen city, have been submerged, leading to difficulties in transportation for local people, especially students who struggled to find their ways to register for the national university entrance exams.

More rains are forecast to continue until July 4 in Thai Nguyen, said the centre.-VNA