Vietnam flood: Death toll rises to 36, 80,000 left homeless

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Hanoi, Nov 18: Nature's worst showdown came in the form of Vietnam Floods, almost akin to the Uttarakhand flash floods in India. While 36 were killed, 80,000-100,000 people were rendered homeless.

According to the National Floods and Storms Control Agency, the floods had engulfed 250,000 homes although the water has receded in most parts, allowing people to come back.

The met department blames the tropical depression Zoraida with the calamity that led to 700 milimeters of rain in five provinces.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Hoi An 3 meters in water

However, things took a horrific turn when 10 hydroelectric power plants were forced to release reservoir water due to heavy rains. As per sources, some of the waterways ran two meters above their normal level. Among the worst affected areas were Hoi An and Binh Dinh. The latter reported 18 dead and 9 missing.

Thousands of tourists were evacuated. As per Bangkok Post, 242,000 houses were flooded and close to 3,000 hectares of rice and vegetables fields destroyed.

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