All local resources including army soldiers, police, militias and local residents have been mobilised to join the efforts. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Yen Bai is taking maximum efforts to search for missing people after a historical flash flood recently swept through the locality, said Do Duc Duy, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.

All local resources including army soldiers, police, militias and local residents have been mobilised to join the efforts.

Machines have been deployed to clear landslide areas to ensure traffic flows while locals and their assets have been evacuated from affected and vulnerable areas, he said, stressing the need to enhance monitoring and supervision to promptly take measures against landslides, erosion and floods.

Dinh Van Thoan, chief police of Son An commune, Van Chan district said 100 local people were mobilised to help soldiers to look for the five missing.

Yen Bai reported 18 deaths, 10 missing and nine others injured in the recent downpours and floods. Nearly 2,000 houses were damaged while more than 140 families had to evacuate due to landslides and flash floods. 

Floods also devastated more than 900ha of crops, tens of thousands of livestock and poultry, and over 42ha of aquaculture area. Total damage was estimated at over 700 billion VND (30.8 million USD).-VNA