Floods, slides kill 54 peo­ple in Viet­nam

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

HANOI, Viet­nam — Floods and land­slides caused by a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion have killed at least 54 peo­ple, left 39 oth­ers miss­ing and dam­aged homes and crops in north­ern and cen­tral Viet­nam, of­fi­cials said early to­day.

The storm that hit Viet­nam on Tues­day in­jured 31 peo­ple, flooded more than 30,000 houses and dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture and crops in six cen­tral and north­ern prov­inces, the Viet­nam Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity said.

Dis­as­ter of­fi­cial Nguyen Thi Lien from north­ern Yen Bai prov­ince, where six peo­ple have died from the floods, said 580 sol­diers and po­lice and more than 2,000 res­i­dents have been mo­bi­lized to search for an­other 16 still miss­ing in the prov­ince.

An­other trop­i­cal de­pres­sion, Kha­nun, was up­graded to a trop­i­cal storm early to­day and is mov­ing through the South China Sea to­ward Viet­nam, ac­cord­ing to weather fore­cast­ers. The storm could cause more flood­ing for an area that al­ready re­ceived up to 20 inches of rain this week.

AP/HUU QUYET

Peo­ple walk along a muddy road Thurs­day in the rain-soaked north­ern prov­ince of Son La in Viet­nam.

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