Rain-triggered landslides hit northwest upland The Saigon Times Daily Many parts of Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Ha Giang provinces in the northwest upland have been isolated by flash floods – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – Many parts of Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Ha Giang provinces in the northwest upland have been isolated by flash floods and landslides after three days of torrential rain, according to local media reports. Floods and landslides have since June 22 killed one person, left another missing and five others injured in Phuc Than Commune, Than Uyen District, Lai Chau Province, a local official said. Fast-flowing rivers and streams have obstructed search and rescue efforts in Lai Chau. Hundreds of hectares of crops have been damaged. Many roads such as National Highway 4D linking Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces have been blocked. In Lao Cai Province, floods have caused heavy floods in Nam Xe, Minh Luong, Duong Quy communes and damaged crops nearing harvest time. Traffic has ground to a halt on many roads in Hoang Su Phi, Xin Man, Dong Van, Meo Vac and Bac Quang districts in Ha Giang Province due to landslides, triggered by heavy rain between June 22 and 24.