Floods and land­slides kill 43 in rain­storm

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cul­ties be­cause of the huge vol­ume of soil, mud and rocks that buried the houses.”

Evac­u­a­tions were or­dered for 200,000 peo­ple in Ninh Binh prov­ince in the north.

The trop­i­cal de­pres­sion first hit cen­tral Viet­nam on Tues­day and brought heavy rains.

More rains were fore­cast for parts of the north­ern and cen­tral re­gions as a cold spell moves from south­ern China to Viet­nam, the dis­as­ter agency said.

Also, an­other trop­i­cal de­pres­sion was ex­pected to hit the Philip­pines and could strengthen into a trop­i­cal storm as it moves over the South China Sea.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Nguyen Xuan Cuong was quoted as telling a govern­ment emer­gency meet­ing that it was the first time in a decade that north­ern and cen­tral re­gions suf­fered as much rain in such a short pe­riod of time.

Viet­nam is prone an­nual rain­storms.

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