Flood­ing toll on the rise

NT News - - WORLD -

HANOI: Floods and land­slides have killed at least 54 peo­ple in Viet­nam and left an­other 39 miss­ing since a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion hit the coun­try ear­lier this week, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

The heavy rain in the cen­tral and north­ern re­gions has dis­rupted travel in some ar­eas, lim­it­ing the res­cue at­tempts for the miss­ing.

The storm that hit cen­tral Viet­nam on Tues­day also in­jured 31 peo­ple and sub­merged more than 30,000 houses, dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture, crops and livestock, the Viet­nam Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity said in a state­ment.

Dis­as­ter of­fi­cial Nguyen Thi Lien from north­ern Yen Bai prov­ince, where six peo­ple have died in the floods, said 580 sol­diers and po­lice and more than 2000 res­i­dents have been mo­bilised to search for an­other 16 still miss­ing in the prov­ince.

“Trans­porta­tion to and from the south­ern District of Tram Tau was cut off by land­slides and floods, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to send ad­di­tional search forces to look for peo­ple miss­ing there,” Lien said adding the search op­er­a­tions in that district now only rely on lo­cal mil­i­tary, po­lice and vil­lagers.

An­other trop­i­cal de­pres­sion has up­graded to trop­i­cal storm, Kha­nun, which swept through the north­ern Philip­pines is­land of Lu­zon early yes­ter­day.

The storm is mov­ing to the South China Sea to­ward Viet­nam, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional weather fore­cast­ers.

The storm could bring more rains and mis­ery to the cen­tral and north­ern re­gions al­ready soaked with rain and flood­wa­ters.

Floods and storms kill hun­dreds of peo­ple in Viet­nam each year.

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