During October 10 and 11, historic floods claimed two lives, injured three people and damaged more than one hundred houses in Phù Yên district in the northern mountainous province of Son La.

Floods also wreaked havoc on more than 500 ha of rice and other crops in the locality. Roads to six communes of Phù Yên district along with two bridges were ruined.

 A week after the floods, a managing team of Phù Yên electricity transformer station are repairing column and cable systems to provide electricity to local people.

Tran Quoc Nam, a member of Phu Yen electricity transformer station shared that they gathered at the station at five in the morning, and they will work the whole day until late and try to re-connect the electricity system.

Phù Yên is among the many districts in northern and central Vietnam which have been severely hit by recent floods and landslides.

More than 100 people were reported dead or missing nationwide, nearly 200 houses were collapsed and more than 30,000 houses were inundated after heavy rains lashed swathes of the country on October 10 and 11.

On October 16, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc instructed aid and support activities to be focused on Hoa Binh, the hardest-hit locality, and other provinces to surmount the aftermaths of the disaster.

The Prime Minister requested the northern mountainous province of Hoa Binh where 34 people were reported dead or missing, with total damage exceeding 35 million USD, to augment efforts to search for the missing, evacuate people to safer places and stabilise local life.

According to Nguyen Thi Binh, a resident in Dong Tien ward, Hoa Binh province, many households have moved to temporary shelters.

Households were requested to obey instructions from local authorities while the province will arrange shelters for affected households if needed, she added.

For the central coastal province of Nghe An, where floods claimed seven lives, submerged nearly 590 houses and more than 3,660 ha of farming land, the Prime Minister decided to allocate nearly 29,000 tonnes of rice from national reserves.

In a related move, on October 16, the Ministry of Health instructed health departments of affected cities and provinces to implement measures to prevent diseases spreading due to the floods.

The Central Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front and authorised bodies, sectors have called for donations to support people in affected areas.-VNA