Thousands of people evacuated due to floods in central Vietnam

Prolonged heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in several areas of central Vietnam, killing at least one person.

Thousands of people have been evacuated, and more downpours are expected this week. Footage from state-run VTV shows people removing belongings and furniture from flooded houses in Quang Nam province, and in one house, water is pouring out of a damaged wall.

In Quang Ngai province, where at least 4,500 people were evacuated over the weekend, children sat on a makeshift raft to navigate one street, others waded knee-deep in floodwater, some pushing stalled motorcycles.

A tropical low-pressure system in the South China Sea is forecast to bring more rain to southern and central coastal areas, the state weather agency said.

Vietnam is prone to storms and flooding because of its long coastline. Natural disasters – mostly floods and landslides caused by storms – killed 378 people last year.

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