Tens of people in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai were hit by landslides on September 5, resulting from days of torrential rain.

Twelve people were wounded after being partially buried when they were illegally exploiting gold near a mountain in Minh Luong commune, Van Ban district.

On the same day, the office of the district’s Tham Duong communal People’s Committee collapsed due to another landslide. No deaths were reported.

Heavy downpours over the last few days have caused serious floods in the province, killing four, injuring 11 and leaving ten missing.

According to preliminary statistics, in total there have been 11 dealths, serious road-blockages, destroyed houses and flooded rice fields in four northern provinces of Thai Nguyen, Ha Giang, Lang Son and Lao Cai.

In response to the tragedy, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has issued instruction for northern localities to closely monitor the situation and be proactive in evacuating residents living near flood-affected areas.

Local authorities have also been urged to assist residents in any way they can so that they can resume their normal lives without delay.

The PM also ordered relevant ministries and agencies to protect embankments, hydropower plants and electricity lines as well as ensure food supply to cope with the aftermath of the floods.-VNA