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Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam, scores missing

AFP  |  Hanoi 

At least 37 people were and another 40 are as and ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said today.

Heavy rains lashed swathes of the country this week, with northern Hoa Binh province the hardest hit with 11 dead and 21


"We are mobilising all forces to search for the missing," a disaster official in the province told AFP by phone.

At least 37 people were across six provinces, Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said, as authorities scrambled to find dozens of people still

A journalist from Vietnam 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 in several regions.

At least 18 people were buried in an overnight landslide in Hoa Binh province, with 15 people still Thursday, according to state media.

A terrified resident described severe flooding in other parts of the province, where a state of emergency was declared.

"The flash flood was terrible. Water poured down from the hill, like a surge three metres (10 feet) high. Traffic has been blocked because of the floods," Phan Ba Dien told state- controlled VNExpress site.

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.

Vietnam has been hard hit by severe weather this year.

In September typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam, killing 11 people and destroying thousands of properties.

Nearly 170 people are dead or from natural disasters this year, which have caused USD 36 million of damage, according to official figures.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 11:22 IST
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