Floods, slides kill 43 peo­ple in Viet­nam

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

HANOI, Viet­nam — Floods and land­slides caused by a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion have killed at least 43 peo­ple, left 34 oth­ers miss­ing and dam­aged homes and crops in north­ern and cen­tral Viet­nam, of­fi­cials said Thurs­day.

The storm in­jured 21 peo­ple and de­stroyed or dam­aged more than 1,000 houses, flooded 16,740 other homes and dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture and crops in six cen­tral and north­ern prov­inces, the Viet­nam Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity said.

In the hard­est-hit north­ern prov­ince of Hoa Binh, 17 peo­ple died and 15 oth­ers were miss­ing. The deaths in­cluded four fam­i­lies whose houses were buried in a land­slide early Thurs­day while they were sleep­ing, killing nine and leav­ing nine oth­ers miss­ing, dis­as­ter of­fi­cial Tran Anh Tuan said.

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

The trop­i­cal de­pres­sion hit cen­tral Viet­nam on Tues­day and dropped heavy rains. More rains were fore­cast for parts of the north­ern and cen­tral re­gions Thurs­day as a cold spell moves from south­ern China to Viet­nam, the dis­as­ter agency said in a state­ment.

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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