At approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, Tong Thi Trang, aged 33, and Nguyen Thi Hoa, aged 31, were making their way back home through a heavy rainstorm after finishing work in Ha Linh Commune, Huong Khe District. Tragically, they were swept away by the overpowering floodwaters.
The women's relatives contacted the police at 3 p.m. after they failed to return home.
The search became arduous amidst the relentless downpour. Eventually, Trang's lifeless body was discovered at the communal house situated in Village 12 of Ha Linh Commune.
As of 9 p.m., extensive search teams were continuing their efforts to locate Hoa's remains.
Trang and Hoa are connected through the bond of being sisters-in-law. Both women share the common experience of having young children and facing challenging financial situations within their respective families.
Nguyen Van Dung, aged 13, from Huong Thuy Commune in Huong Khe, disappeared around the same period as the two missing sisters.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., a young boy was traversing a flooded road within Village 6, unaware of the imminent danger that lay ahead. Tragically, he lost his footing and succumbed to the depths of the water, ultimately drowning. It wasn't until 8:30 p.m. that his lifeless body was discovered.
At 3 p.m. in Can Loc District, a distress call was made to the authorities by a group of nine workers who found themselves stranded due to flooding near the Gia River in Son Loc Commune. Initially, the rain seemed unthreatening, and the workers did not pay much attention to it. However, as hours passed, the rain intensified, causing a rapid rise in water level, which ultimately trapped them inside their shack.
Around 5 p.m., authorities dispatched officers on motorboats to cautiously approach the shack. After conducting two passes, they successfully rescued nine workers, ensuring their safety.
In central Vietnam, the past two days have witnessed heavy rainfall due to the combined effect of cold air and high-altitude eastern winds. Among the affected regions, Ha Tinh stands out with the highest recorded levels of precipitation.
Not only were houses and highways inundated, but the North-South railway also faced disruption due to landslides. Moreover, over 4,500 students in Ha Tinh were unable to attend school as a result. The rainfall in Ha Tinh is expected to persist until Thursday, according to forecasts.