A swept away bridge in Yen Bai province (Source: VNA)
 
Yen Bai (VNA) – The northern mountainous province of Yen Bai has mobilised over 4,000 people, including army soldiers, police, militias and local residents, in search for missing people after a severe flash flood swept through the province on October 11.

The historic flood sent massive mudslides into large areas in districts of Tram Tau, Van Chan and Van Yen and Nghia Lo township, causing heavy losses of life and property.

According to the provincial Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue, the disaster claimed the lives of 15 people and left 13 others missing and nine injured as of 20:00 on October 15.

[Heavy rain, landslide death toll rises to 72, 30 still missing]

Over 1,900 houses have been affected, including 79 collapsing or washed away and more than 1,000 other submerged. It also destroyed over 7,300 metres of dykes, 88 irrigation systems and many road sections while 922 hectares of rice and other crops were damaged. Economic loss in Yen Bai is estimated to exceed 500 billion VND (22 million USD).

The rescuers have dug through crushed homes and landslide-hit areas, and searched along streams and rivers in the three districts and township. They have also been helping the local residents cope with flood aftermaths. Dozens of excavators and trucks have been sent to clear landslide debris and fix damage in order to restore traffic.

The province decided to provide households losing a family member with 10 million VND in financial aid each. Those having their homes collapsed or washed away receive 25 million VND each while those with damaged houses with 10 million VND each.

According to Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Do Duc Duy, the province will continue evacuating families at areas prone to landslides and floods to safety.-VNA