Deadly flooding swamps central Vietnam ahead of the season's biggest storm

Vietnamese villagers transport boxes of instant noodles after receiving relief aid, past flooded homes in a village in the central province of Ha Tinh, on October 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/-, Vietnam News Agency)

Floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 24 people and left four others missing in central Vietnam, disaster officials said Monday, as Typhoon Sarika approaches after leaving at least two people dead and displacing more than 150,000 in the Philippines. Images from flood-hit provinces showed houses almost completely submerged and people paddling down waterlogged streets following heavy rain that started last week. Local forecasters said they expect Sarika to hit Wednesday and be the biggest storm of the season. Authorities said they might issue evacuation orders and a ban on ships going to sea.

We have instructed district governments to outline plans for evacuating people from high-risk areas to cope with the typhoon.

Disaster official Tran Le Dang Hung

Heavy rains of up to 3 feet on Friday and Saturday submerged 125,000 homes in Vietnam, temporarily disrupted the North-South Highway and damaged infrastructure, crops and fish farms. State-run media reported that at least one local hydropower plant suddenly released water from its reservoir, which contributed to some of the destruction over the weekend.

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Typhoon Sarika

Fast-moving Typhoon Sarika blew out of the northern Philippines on Sunday after leaving at least two people dead and displacing more than 150,000, though the region was spared a major disaster due in part to the storm's speed.

The typhoon is over in the South China Sea and was moving at the speed of 9.3 mph to 12.5 mph heading toward northern Vietnam.

Typhoon Sarika (2016)

Typhoon Sarika, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Karen, is currently a strong tropical cyclone over the South China Sea. It is the twenty first named storm and the tenth typhoon of the annual Pacific typhoon season of 2016.