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Southern China and Northern Vietnam Hit by Floods

22.5N 104.7E

July 7th, 2009 Category: Floods, Rivers

Vietnam - July 6th, 2009

Vietnam - July 6th, 2009

Floods and landslides in northern Vietnam have killed at least 30 people over the weekend, Vietnamese television has reported. Meanwhile, in southern China, flooding has left at least 20 people dead, state media said.

In Vietnam, Bac Kan province was the worst hit, with other casualties reported in Cao Bang, Ha Giang and Lai Chau provinces.

In China, local sources reported that more than 300,000 people had been forced to leave their homes, and up to 10 million people were affected by seasonal flooding.

As images of southern China and northern Vietnam were cloud-covered due to rainstorms, this image focuses on a network of distributaries in southern Vietnam where the Mekong River empties into the sea. These distributaries are tan from sediments, some of which are dredged up by rainfall.

Heavy rains have been reported in northern Vietnam since late on Friday, reports the BBC, swelling local rivers and streams. Vietnam is often struck by floods and storms between July and October.

Landslides and floods cut off roads, telecommunications and power supply in some areas, and fields of rice, corn and cassava were damaged, the government’s disaster report said.

The casualties and property damage in the Vietnamese area bordering China emerged after torrential rain hit southern China and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

The China Daily newspaper said rainstorms that lasted for three days killed about 20 people and affected millions.

Houses were toppled, roads flooded, and crops damaged in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and the nearby provinces of Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi, Xinhua News Agency reported.

In Liuzhou, the region’s second largest city and an important transportation hub, water resources authorities called the flooding “the third biggest in history”.

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