Explosion kills 2 kids, destroys 5 houses in northern Vietnam

Macau’s biggest junket operator Suncity Group plans to pour billions of dollars into building a resort in Vietnam's popular resort town of Hoi An, Bloomberg reported. The group has teamed up with Vietnam-based closed end fund VinaCapital and Hong Kong-based conglomerate Chow Tai Fook to build the $4 billion integrated resort and casino in the coastal town, which is scheduled to open in 2019. Suncity owns 34 percent of the coastal project through its Hong Kong-listed subsidiary and has a management contract to operate the casino. The group is one of a number of companies that have been eying Vietnam's gaming…... [read more]

Earlier today torrential rain and flashfloods killed at least five people and left 12 missing in the Muong La District, northern Son La Province and Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province. Heavy downpour caused flashfloods in the northern Son La Province which swept away 30 houses and 10 locals, five of them were found dead, the remaining are still missing. Many parts of the road to the centre of the Muong La District were under 1 meter of water, causing traffic congestion. The floods also destroyed many properties. Heavy rain also made water levels on the rivers rise dangerously…... [read more]

At least 14 people, including a family of four, have been killed in floods brought on by constant heavy rain in northern Vietnam over the past week, and more rain is expected, a government agency said on Friday. One person was missing in Thai Nguyen province, while almost 500 houses and more than 1,400 hectares (3,459 acres) of rice crops were destroyed in nine provinces, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said in a report. Landslides and the destruction of bridges and sewage systems brought the total estimated damage to property and infrastructure to more than…... [read more]

Heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai have left four people dead and seven others missing. Houses have also been destroyed and roads badly damaged, local authorities said.Typhoon Nida, the second tropical storm to affect Vietnam this year, brought torrential rains to nearly all northern provinces, causing flash floods in mountainous provinces and low-lying regions. Lao Cai has been battered by heavy rains for four days, with the highest rainfall measured at 152 mm in Bat Xat District on Friday morning.Four people have been confirmed dead so far, while seven are missing…... [read more]

Thrunderstorms that followed in the wake of Typhoon Hato have destroyed three houses and injured one person in Vietnam's highland resort town of Sa Pa, while a further 700 houses have been damaged elsewhere in Lao Cai Province.A report from Vietnam's natural disaster committee said that thunderstorms on Wednesday afternoon caused serious damage in the northern highlands province.Strong winds blew off the roofs of at least 742 houses, damaged schools and ruined 90 hectares of rice and other plantations.Heavy rain also caused a landslide in the nearby Lai Chau Province.Rainfall of up to 200mm is forecast for the region through…... [read more]

A sleeper bus exploded on Tuesday evening in northern Vietnam, killing two people and injuring 12. The bus was running from the northern province of Bac Ninh to Quang Ninh Province, home to the world-renowned Ha Long Bay. Nguyen Tu Quynh, chairman of Bac Ninh’s People Committee, told VnExpress most of the injured suffered minor scratches and were taken to hospital. The explosion left the bus badly damaged, smashing windows and ripping out seats. Local authorities are still investigating the cause of the incident. Related news: > Hanoi bus explodes, bursts into flames... [read more]

Large areas of protection forest in northern Vietnam are being ravaged by human activity, believed to be the main cause of a recent increase in flash floods and landslides.A probe by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has revealed that vast areas of protection forest in the mountainous provinces of the north, crucial for protecting groundwater and soil, as well as preventing erosion, are being destroyed.Experts believe that the excessive deforestation has contributed to the increasing risk of flash floods and landslides in the region.Tuoi Tre’s reporters arrived in Nam Tha Commune in Lao Cai Province on October 18, discovering that timber…... [read more]

At least ten people were killed in a house collapse caused by a series of explosions early on February 24.Witnesses said they were awakened by two big explosions from lane 384 of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Road in district 3 at 00.30am. A big fire flared up and within minutes four houses in the lane were engulfed in flames. The explosion reduced three houses to rubble, and 10 people were said to be trapped inside.The HCM City Fire Brigade deployed 13 fire trucks and more than 100 fire fighters to extinguish the roaring blaze.Initial investigations showed that the explosions came…... [read more]

Initial investigation by the Department of Police in the northern province of Bac Ninh showed that the blast of the passenger bus was caused by explosive materials, not by fuel or electrical problems.The coach was carrying passengers from Thai Nguyen to Quang Ninh, both in northern Vietnam, when that explosion occurred as it reached Que Vo District in Bac Ninh at around 11:00 pm. Two people were killed in the accident, while officers reconfirmed that 14 people on the bus were injured instead of 12 in previous reports.According to Colonel Nguyen Cong Nghiep, deputy director of the provincial police department,…... [read more]

A typhoon tore a destructive path across central Vietnam on Friday, flooding hundreds of thousands of homes, whipping off roofs and knocking out power in the country's most powerful storm in years. Eight people were killed, more than 5,000 houses were submerged, 19 collapsed and nearly 24,000 houses in Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces were damaged, the disaster agency said in a report. Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces bore the brunt of Typhoon Doksuri and power cuts were widespread after winds brought down or damaged thousands of electricity poles, trees and billboards. A television tower in…... [read more]