Dis­as­ter in Viet­nam

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

AT least 37 peo­ple have died and an­other 40 are miss­ing as floods and land­slides rav­age north and cen­tral Viet­nam, de­stroy­ing homes and leav­ing res­cuers scram­bling to find sur­vivors.

Tens of thou­sands were evac­u­ated after heavy rains lashed swathes of the coun­try this week, as fore­cast­ers warned of more bad weather to come.

North­ern Hoa Binh is the hard­est hit with 11 dead and 21 miss­ing, prompt­ing a state of emer­gency to be de­clared.

“We are mo­bil­is­ing all forces to search for the miss­ing,” a dis­as­ter of­fi­cial told AFP.

Res­cue ef­forts were ham­pered as wa­ter and mud sub­merged roads in sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing in Hoa Binh where eight died in an overnight land­slide.

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