Saturday, November 01, 2008
HANOI — At least four people have died in floods in what has been the worst weather in more than 20 years in Hanoi, a disaster official said Saturday, as parts of the Vietnamese capital remained under water.
Victims Friday included an eight-year-old boy, said Nguyen The Hung from the National Flood and Storm Prevention Committee, adding it was the heaviest rain in Hanoi since 1984.
“Over the past few days, we had forecast rains in the capital, but we didn’t think it would be so strong,” the official told AFP, comparing some streets of Hanoi to “small rivers” and saying numerous houses had been flooded.Heavy rain, forecast to continue all weekend, had caused traffic chaos in Hanoi Friday, leaving many people stranded as flood waters soaked their motorcycle engines.
There were similar scenes on Saturday.
Disaster officials said Friday that at least 19 people had died in floods over the past week in central Vietnam.
Vietnam gets lashed by typhoons, tropical storms and heavy rains every year. According to government figures, floods and landslides in Vietnam last year left 435 people dead and missing.