Viet­nam flood, land­slide deaths rise to 54

New Straits Times - - World -

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

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