Storm Bebinca takes toll on northern, north central regions hinh anh 1A road is damaged after heavy rain in Muong Lat district, Thanh Hoa province (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – At least six people have died and two others remain unaccounted for after storm Bebinca swept through the northern and north central regions of Vietnam on early August 17.

Four of the dead victims were in the north central province of Nghe An while the northern mountainous province of Son La and the north central province of Thanh Hoa each recorded one death. Son La and Nghe An also reported two missing as of the end of August 17, according the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Over 20 houses collapsed, 1,200 others were flooded, and 200 families were evacuated as a result of flooding in Son La, Phu Tho, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces.

The natural disaster also washed away almost 7,400 head of livestock in Nghe An and affected over 720ha of aquatic farming in the localities.

Landslides on several stretches of national highways and local roads in Son La, Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An have also blocked transport.

In Nghe An province, water levels in local rivers rose quickly, causing inundation in Quy Hop, Con Cuong, Tuong Duong, Que Phong and Ky Son districts.

“The inundation is more severe than in previous storms,” said Vo Sy Son, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Quy Hop district.

Flooding and landslides on a large scale occurred in Chau Ly, Chau Thanh and Chau Hong communes, isolating many villages in these areas. Particularly, spillways in Chau Ly commune were all flooded, totally blocking off nearby villages.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, Nghe An province received up to 280mm of rain.

Meanwhile, the districts of Lang Chanh and Ba Thuoc in Thanh Hoa province have been put on high alert of flash floods and landslides.

Downpours have also reportedly hit the northern provinces of Lang Son, Hoa Binh and Yen Bai. The districts of Cao Loc, Loc Binh and Chi Lang in Lang Son; Van Chan, Tram Tau, Nghia Lo and Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai; and Da Bac, Mai Chau and Lac Thuy in Hoa Binh all have a high risk of landslides and flash floods.-VNA