Viet­nam floods death toll rises to 54

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HANOI (Reuters) - At least 54 peo­ple died and 39 went miss­ing as de­struc­tive floods bat­tered north­ern and cen­tral Viet­nam this week, the dis­as­ter preven­tion agency said on Fri­day. Viet­nam is prone to de­struc­tive storms and flood­ing due to its long coast­line. A ty­phoon wrecked havoc across cen­tral prov­inces just last month. The floods that hit Viet­nam this week start­ing on Mon­day are the worst in years, state-run Viet­nam Tele­vi­sion quoted agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Cuong as say­ing. Nine­teen peo­ple from four neigh­bor­ing house­holds in Hoa Binh were buried alive early on Thurs­day af­ter a land­slide struck around mid­night on Wed­nes­day, but only nine bodies have been found, the dis­as­ter agency said in a re­port. Some 317 homes have col­lapsed in floods and land­slides this week, while more than 34,000 other houses have been sub­merged or dam­aged. More than 22,000 hectares (54,300 acres) of rice have also been dam­aged and around 180,000 an­i­mals killed or washed away. Floods have also af­fected seven of 77 prov­inces in Thai­land, Viet­nam’s neigh­bor to the west, that coun­try’s Depart­ment of Dis­as­ter Preven­tion and Mit­i­ga­tion said on Thurs­day.

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