Floods and Landslides Wreak Havoc in Vietnam
At least 37 people were killed and another 40 are missing as floods and landslides ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said on Thursday.
Heavy rains lashed swathes of the country this week. Northern Hoa Binh province the hardest hit with 11 dead and 21 missing.
"We are mobilising all forces to search for the missing," a disaster official in the province told AFP by phone.
A journalist from Vietnam News Agency was swept away as an overflowing river cut through a bridge in northern Yen Bai province yesterday. Authorities were still looking for him today.
Images on state media showed people wading through waist-deep waters and tracts of forests wiped out by landslides in several regions.
At least 18 people were buried in an overnight landslide in Hoa Binh province, with 15 people still missing Thursday, according to state media.
A terrified resident described severe flooding in other parts of the province, where a state of emergency was declared.
Eight people were reported dead in both Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces, the disaster agency said, while hundreds of soldiers and militia were deployed for rescue efforts.
At least 400 millimetres of rain has pounded northern and central Vietnam since Sunday, the disaster agency said.
Nearly 170 people are dead or missing from natural disasters this year, which have caused USD 36 million of damage, according to official figures.
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