Vietnam: Flooded Old City of Huê: News

Floods hit Vietnam’s former imperial capital of Hue on Wednesday after a fresh episode of rainfall prompted the evacuation of more than 2,000 people in the central province.

“The city is flooded everywhere and the water has been rising very fast since Tuesday night,” Wu An, a resident of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, which is crossed by the Perfume River. She added that there was a power cut in the city of Hue.

Residents drove boats along the flooded streets, where houses and cars were partially submerged, according to images broadcast by the state media.

Heavy rains have hit several coastal provinces of Vietnam since Monday.

More than 2,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Quang Tri province, north of Hue, authorities said Wednesday.

Three people are also missing, they added.

Parts of the highway connecting the north to the south of Vietnam have been cut off due to landslides caused by the rains.

The weather forecast is for the downslope to begin this weekend.

During the rainy season from June to November, the Asian country regularly experiences episodes of heavy rainfall.

According to official data, about 136 people have died or gone missing in natural disasters, including floods and landslides, this year.

Extreme weather events are being exacerbated by global warming, according to scientists.

published on November 15 at 11.45, AFP

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