Vietnam flood, landslide deaths rise to 54
HANOI: The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in north and central Vietnam has jumped to 54, officials said yesterday, in one of the deadliest weather disasters to hit the country in years.
Rescuers were desperately searching for 39 people missing after heavy rains pounded several provinces this week, with forecasters warning of another major storm heading towards the country.
This week’s catastrophes destroyed thousands of properties and wiped out swathes of farmland, including outside here, where part of a river dyke collapsed and flooded communities around the area.
“Our whole village lost all our fish and vegetables in the water,” farmer Ngo Van Thanh, 63, told state-controlled VNExpress.
Northern Hoa Binh province was the hardest hit, with 17 dead and 15 missing, followed by central Thanh Hoa province, where 14 were killed. AFP