My grandfather turned his head and watched as his house was engulfed in the devastating water. On a tiny boat, my grandparents and their neighbours carried some clothes wrapped in plastic sheets, leaving the village for higher ground.
It was November 2, 1999, when strong cold air combined with the equatorial low-pressure belt hit central coastal provinces from Quang Binh to Binh Dinh.
In my hometown – Quang Tri Province’s Dong Ha City, total rainfall from November 1-4 reached 800mm.
Hue City was the most impacted, with rainfall of 1,384mm, the highest level recorded since 1886.
According to a report by the Vietnam News Agency, some seven million people lost their homes.