(Hanoi) Floods and landslides killed three people in northern Vietnam, state media said Monday, after several days of heavy rains also forced the evacuation of around 400 tourists in the flooded area.

Images broadcast by state media show torrents of water flowing down mountainous roads in Ha Giang province, a popular spot for bikers, as well as overturned and abandoned vehicles and refugee residents. on the roofs of their houses.

According to public broadcaster Voice of Vietnam, three people died after being swept away by water or buried by landslides.

Northern Vietnam has been experiencing uninterrupted heavy rains since Saturday, with thousands of homes partially submerged and many roads damaged, state media said.

The flooding of the Lo River caused “floods and landslides”, indicates a press release published on the website of the provincial authorities, and access to three municipalities bordering China was cut off due to these landslides.

Last weekend, flooding was also reported in the northern port city of Hai Phong and in Quang Ninh province, where Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage Site, is located.  

Vietnam frequently experiences harsh weather conditions during the rainy season, which lasts from June to November.

Last year, natural disasters such as floods and landslides left 169 people dead or missing in the Southeast Asian country.  

Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and frequent globally due to climate change, scientists say.