Residents in mountainous areas evacuated to higher ground as water levels in Ma River rise.
On August 3 the Permanent Bureau of the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention - Search and Rescue operations in northern Thanh Hoa province said that over 100 households in the mountainous districts Quan Hoa, Cam Thuy, and Muong Lat were flooded due to rising water levels in the Ma River. Dozens of other households are at risk of isolation due to the flooding and have been ordered to evacuate to schools and offices on higher ground.
Three separate landslides were reported on National Highway 15C at Nhi Son commune in Muong Lat district, with some houses damaged.
A suspension bridge crossing the river near Eo village in Thanh Xuan commune, Quan Hoa district, and the cofferdam at the Hoi Xuan hydropower plant have been washed away. Thousands hectares of crops are in danger of being completely lost.
By the night of August 3 the floodwaters had receded slightly but slowly due to continuing rain upstream.
The water level at the reservoir of the Ba Thuoc 2 hydropower plant in Thanh Hoa has risen to Emergency Level I (40.5 meters). The Hoang Anh Thanh Hoa hydropower plant has discharged water to ease water levels in its reservoir.
Since July 31 heavy rains have flooded many areas in Vietnam’s north, causing fatalities and damage to housing and other constructions.
From July 25 to July 28 the biggest floods in Quang Ninh province in the last 50 years killed 17 people and caused damage of VND1.5 trillion ($68.76 million).