54 killed in floods
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.