Vietnam is considering evacuating over 14,000 households in Hanoi amid concerns that recent heavy rains could flood an area southeast of the capital.
The rains have raised the water level at the Bui River, 20 km (12 miles) from downtown Hanoi, to an “alarming level,” the Hanoi People’s Committee said in a statement on Tuesday.
“We must be prepared for the worst-case scenario.”
Two children have drowned and more than 1,000 houses in the Hanoi district have already been badly flooded, the statement added.
Some 4,000 people have already been evacuated.
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Last week, floods and landslides triggered by tropical storm Son Tinh killed at least 27 people and left seven people missing in other northern Vietnamese provinces.
More severe flooding is forecast in the coming months, as this rainy season looks set to be one of the worst ‘in terms of rainfall volume’ on record.