Floods, land­slides kill 45 in Viet­nam

The Asian Age - - Asia -

Hanoi, Oct. 12: At least 45 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, dis­as­ter of­fi­cials said on Thurs­day.

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 by phone, de­clin­ing to be named.

Res­cue ef­forts were ham­pered as wa­ter and mud sub­merged roads in sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing in Hoa Binh where eight died in an overnight land­slide. “Peo­ple should be evac­u­ated from dan­ger­ous ar­eas, the safety of peo­ple and their be­long­ings must be en­sured,” deputy prime min­is­ter Trinh Dinh Dung said on state-run Viet­nam tele­vi­sion. A ter­ri­fied res­i­dent de­scribed se­vere flood­ing in an­other part of the prov­ince.

“The flash flood was ter­ri­ble. Wa­ter poured down from the hill, like a surge three me­tres high. Traf­fic has been blocked be­cause of the floods,” Phan Ba Dien said.

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