Floods, slides kill 54 people in Vietnam
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.
People walk along a muddy road Thursday in the rain-soaked northern province of Son La in Vietnam.