People couldn’t find the body of a six-year-old schoolboy, Dang Ba Tham, who was swept away by flood water when going through the Hien Son Dam on Oct.2 in the central province of Nghe An’s district Do Luong.

The province’s Steering Board of Flood Prevention said that eight persons have been rescued from a sinking boat accident. Meanwhile lightning struck two residents in district Yen Thanh to death and injured Ms. Nguyen Thi Tho in district Thanh Chuong. Roofs of 65 houses in district Dien Chau were blown off in a great whirlwind.

According to the National Hydro -Meteorological Service of Vietnam, downpour hit central coastal provinces in Vietnam from Ha Tinh to Quang Ngai.

It is forecast that water levels in rivers would rise on Oct.4 due to torrential rains. Especially water levels of River Ngan Sau in Ha Tinh and River Gianh in Quang Binh have exceeded the third-stage warning level by 2 meter.

The mountainous districts Huong Khe and Vu Quang are separated completely due to high flood. Ha Tinh province’s Army Command sent its men to Huong Khe to evacuate residents to safer shelters for fear that they could be swept away due to landslide.

A pre-school teacher, Tran Thi Hoa, in district Huong Khe was Oct.3 swept away while a soldier, Doan Trong Giap was reportedly missing on the way to buy food for the military unit. Flood waters also four railway sleepers and land erosion occurred under railway tracks, forcing South-North trains to stop for over 10 hours.

In the central province of Quang Binh, flood caused traffic congestion the highway 15. nearly 2,000 households in district Tuyen Hoa were submerged in 2 meter and two blown away. District People’s committee ordered an evacuation of 371 households in landslide-prone to safer places.

Residents live near Ho Ho Hydro Power Plant are very anxious because the plant’s water reservoir is at risk of breaching.

Guard in Quang Binh border crossings ordered over 4,000 vessels not to go out to sea as river levels have risen very quickly due to downpour. Two persons were dead and one was reportedly missing while he picked up firewood in rivers.

Meantime, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue planned to remove around 20,000 residents in flash flood to higher places when flood water exceeded the alarming levels three. The government encouraged people to stock food and other necessary items for using in 7-8 days. Three houses and many trees were struck in strong wind in Phong Dien town.

The central province of Quang Tri sent rescue crew to repair houses and electricity post as a strong whirlwind on Oct.2 damaged 22 households and two schools, trees and some electricity posts fell flat on streets in the strong wind.

Sai Gon Giai Phong - October 4, 2010