Floods kill 24 in Viet­nam

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Days of un­sea­son­ably tor­ren­tial rains have killed at least 24 peo­ple in cen­tral Viet­nam, au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day, in­un­dat­ing swathes of the re­gion in­clud­ing the tourist draw town of Hoi An. Viet­nam reg­u­larly ex­pe­ri­ences trop­i­cal storms and heavy down­pours but it is un­usual for the coun­try to see so much rain in De­cem­ber, dur­ing the cooler dry sea­son that is pop­u­lar with tourists.

Coastal Binh Dinh province re­ported the big­gest death toll with 16 peo­ple killed since heavy rains be­gan on De­cem­ber 12, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial on­line re­port from the na­tional flood and storm con­trol com­mit­tee. At least two more are miss­ing in the province with hun­dreds of houses in re­mote ar­eas cur­rently un­der wa­ter. The re­port said dam­age to­taled $32 mil­lion with more than 32,000 hectares of crops de­stroyed.

Parts of the cen­tral town of Hoi An, a World Her­itage site that boasts pic­turesque pre- colo­nial trad­ing houses, were sub­merged un­der wa­ter.

“It is strange for our town to be hit with flood­ing in De­cem­ber,” Nguyen Thi Hon, a restau­rant owner in Hoi An, told AFP adding some tourists had taken to see­ing the sights by boat. The flood­wa­ters have re­ceded in the last few days, she added. But lo­cal fore­cast­ers have warned of fur­ther rains to come in the re­gion at the end of the week. — AFP

BINH DINH: This pic­ture taken on De­cem­ber 18, 2016 shows a man wad­ing through flood­wa­ters in front of his home in the cen­tral province of Binh Dinh. — AFP

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