DELUGE

The devastating force of Vietnam’s floodwaters, in photos

Floods and landslides have killed scores in Vietnam after the worst floods in a decade. The Associated Press reported today that 54 people have died, while 39 people are unaccounted for. A long narrow country with thousands of miles of coast line, Vietnam is no stranger to massive storms and rains.

A farmer catches fish in a flooded village after a tropical depression in Hanoi
A farmer catches fish in a flooded village after a tropical depression in Hanoi on Oct. 13. (Reuters/Kham)

Images from Reuters show a wall of water being released by the Hoa Binh hydroelectric plant on Thursday (Oct. 12), southwest of the capitol Hanoi. It was the first time the gates had been opened to ease reservoir levels in years, reports Reuters, citing Vietnam Television. The cascade, flowing through the gates show nature’s unrelenting power, and almost a microcosm of the heavy floods themselves.

People watch as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens the flood gates after a heavy rainfall caused by a tropical depression in Hoa Binh province, outside Hanoi
People watch as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens its flood gates after a heavy rainfall caused by a tropical depression in Hoa Binh province, outside Hanoi on Oct. 12. (Reuters/Kham)
People watch as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens the flood gates after a heavy rainfall caused by a tropical depression in Hoa Binh province outside Hanoi
People watch as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens its flood gates. (Reuters/Kham)
A soldier watches as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens the flood gates after a heavy rainfall caused by a tropical depression in Hoa Binh province, outside Hanoi
A soldier watches as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens its flood gates. (Reuters/Kham)
A rainbow is seen as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant opens the flood gates after a heavy rainfall caused by a tropical depression in Hoa Binh province outside Hanoi
A rainbow is seen as Hoa Binh hydroelectric power plant. (Reuters/Kham)

Vietnam is the world’s 7th most disaster-prone nation, according to the AP.

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