Many areas in Yen Bai province have been seriously flooded over the past days (Photo: VNA)

Yen Bai (VNA) – Floods following torrential rains have wreaked havoc in the northern mountainous province of Yen Bai, resulting in heavy casualties and property damage.

As of 9am of July 21, floods had claimed 10 lives, injured 11 and left eight other missing.

While nearly 3,900 houses have been damaged with 97 of them collapsing or being washed away, more than 1,900ha of crops have been destroyed and over 1,200 head of livestock and poultry have been killed.

Downpours and flooding have also devastated 260ha of aquatic farming in Tran Yen and Yen Binh districts, Nghia Lo town and Yen Bai city.

Landslides have happened along several irrigation works and roads. Meanwhile, contact with some localities in Yen Bai has lost as floods broke electricity and telecom facilities.

Almost 700 households in vulnerable areas of the province have been evacuated to safer places.

[Photos: Widespread downpours cause floods in northern, central localities]

Damage is initially estimated at some 200 billion VND (8.7 million USD).

Facing the heavy losses, Yen Bai has mobilised more than 17,000 people to search for the missing and address flood consequences. 

Aside from the province’s financial and rice aid, the Vietnam Red Cross Central Committee also decided to provide money and basics worth 216 million VND (9,400 USD) in total for flood victims in the province.

On July 20, a working group of the central steering committee for disaster prevention and control, search and rescue inspected the settlement of flood impact in Van Chan district.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang, deputy head of the committee’s standing board, sent sympathies to the province and asked it to be more active in dealing with flood consequences and evacuating residents in vulnerable areas to minimise human and property losses.-VNA