54 killed in floods

The West Australian - - WORLD -

At least 54 peo­ple have died and 39 are miss­ing as de­struc­tive floods bat­ter north­ern and cen­tral Viet­nam.

Viet­nam is prone to de­struc­tive storms and flood­ing be­cause of its long coast­line.

But the floods that hit Viet­nam this week were the worst in years, Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Cuong told the state-run Viet­nam Tele­vi­sion.

Nine­teen peo­ple from four neighbouring house­holds in Hoa Binh were buried alive early on Thurs­day af­ter a land­slide, but only nine bodies have been found.

At least 317 homes have col­lapsed in floods and land­slides, while more than 34,000 other houses have been sub­merged or dam­aged.

More than 22,000ha of rice have also been dam­aged and about 180,000 an­i­mals killed or washed away.

Floods have also af­fected seven of 77 prov­inces in Thai­land, Viet­nam’s neighbour to the west.

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