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Flooding at SOS Villages in Vietnam and Thailand after heavy rainfall

Flooding in SOS Children’s Village Nha Trang
Flooding in SOS Children’s Village Nha Trang

Flooding triggered by heavy rainfall in Vietnam has surged into the SOS Children’s Village Nha Trang

Vietnam

Flood water triggered by heavy rainfall last week has surged into the SOS Children’s Village Nha Trang in Central Vietnam. The above photo was taken today. All the children, mothers and staff are safe, but have had to move to the first floors of their houses as the ground floors of all buildings are flooded. The low lying places in SOS Children’s Village Nha Trang are under 1-2 metres of water. The road to the SOS Secondary School is heavily flooded and the school has been forced to close.

Unprecedented rainfall in Khanh Hoa Province measuring up to 300mm on average, almost reached 500mm in its capital city, Nha Trang. Many houses collapsed and landslides are being reported. Roads and highways are closed and power supply and communication lines are severely disrupted. According to media reports, water levels in provincial rivers will continue to rise and floods would probably linger for a number of days. Vietnam flooding November 2010

Thailand

The SOS Children's Village in Hatyai is also directly affected by torrential rains (picture, right). Yesterday, three family houses were flooded; electricity and communication lines were cut down temporarily. The three SOS families were evacuated to the guest house of the SOS Children's Village and some renovation work on the family houses might be necessary.

Today, the situation is gradually normalising although the downtown of Hatyai is still completely flooded. In Thailand, approximately some six million people have now been affected by heavy storms.