Vietnam province struggles to clear messes left by flash floods

Created 19 August 2018
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Nghe An in north central Vietnam is trying to get rid of mud half a meter thick from roads, schools and offices. 
On Saturday, although the floodwaters started receding, many roads leading to Muong Xen, a mountainous town in Kỵ Son District near the Laos border, are still submerged in muddy waters and sludge.

On Saturday, although the floodwaters started receding, many roads leading to Muong Xen, a mountainous town in Kỵ Son District near the Laos border, are still submerged in muddy waters and sludge.

Floodwaters triggered by storm Bebinca receded late on Saturday, leaving Muong Xen, a mountainous town in Kỵ Son District near the Laos border, in muddy waters and sludge.

A primary school in the town, which is just 10 meters from Nam Non River, was left behind a handful of mud, sludge and garbage after the floods.

A primary school yard, which is 10 meters from a river, is all covered up in mud.

Soldiers and civilian volunteers worked together with local residents to rake the mud inside the schoolyard so that students can get back to classes soon.

Soldiers and volunteers rake the mud at the school so that students can get back to classes soon. Vietnamese new school year will technically start next week.

A bulldozer was used to remove mud from the schoolyard and facilitate the clean-up operation.

A bulldozer helps with the clean-up operation.

Tables, chairs and school equipment were covered in sludge and people stacked them outside to be cleaned and then left in thế sun to dry.

Tables, chairs and school equipment are covered in sludge.

A schoolroom containing documents and records was flooded by two meters and its no easy task for volunteers to clear away the mess of mud on the ground.

This archive room at the school was flooded by two meters and it’s no easy task to clean the mess. Storm Bebinca weakened into a tropical depression as it made landfall in north central Vietnam early on Friday morning, yet Nghe An and its neighbor Thanh Hoa were still hit by torrential rains.

Luckily, piles of books were moved to the second floor before the floods hit the school.Local authorities said they have dispatched around 1,000 police officers, army recruits and volunteers to flood-prone areas to help local residents overcome the aftermath of the floods.

Piles of books that were saved from the flood. Local authorities said they have dispatched around 1,000 police officers, army recruits and volunteers to flood-prone areas to help local residents overcome the aftermath of the floods.

Many public places in the town, including a post office are still flooded in the mud.

Many public places in town, including this post office, are surrounded in mud.

As of Saturday night, flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains , according to the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

Nghe An is the worst hit province with five confirmed dead while Thanh Hoa reported one casualty and Son La up in the northern highlands two.

Four dead, three missing as flash floods ravage north, central Vietnam

Vietnam was struck by a record-breaking number of 16 tropical storms in 2017 that left 389 people dead or missing and injured 668 others, mostly in northern and central regions. Damrey, one of the most destructive storms last year, hit Vietnam in November and killed at least 106 people.

The General Statistics Office estimated damage at around VND60 trillion ($2.64 billion), 1.5 times the previous year’s figure.


Source: VNE

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