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Flash flood hits Dien Bien, isolating three communes

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HCMC – A flash flood hit Nam Po District in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien early this morning, August 17, and wreaked havoc on the properties of local residents, isolating the three communes of Na Khoa, Nam Nhu and Na Co Sa from the center of the district.

Bui Van Luyen, chairman of the district government, told Dan Tri news site that heavy downpours for hours had caused the flash flood that damaged State assets and local houses.

Nam Nhu Commune was hit the hardest, as floodwaters swept away four houses, three motorcycles and a boarding facility of Nam Nhu Primary School, which was submerged under the floodwaters. Moreover, 128 local households in Nam Nhu 1 Hamlet were isolated. The total damages reached over VND1 billion, said the chairman.

On being notified of the situation, local competent forces were dispatched to the scene to cope with the aftermath.

By 8 a.m. in the day, Na Khoa Commune still remained inundated.

As of 9 a.m., the floodwaters continued to surge. Border guards and rescue forces were sent to the affected areas to help local residents, including taking them to safer places, providing accommodation and necessities for four families whose houses were swept away and adopting measures to protect major projects located near the flood-hit areas.

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