37 died in ‘Vietnam’ Flash floods and landslides

37 died in ‘Vietnam’ Flash floods and landslides12 October 2017

Vietnamese authorities say, at least 37 people were killed and 40 were missing due to floods and landslides in northern and central of Vietnam on Thursday (October 12).

The disasters injured 21 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, submerged another 16,740 homes and damaged infrastructure and crops in six central and northern provinces, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement on Thursday.

Among the missing is a local journalist reporting on the floods, who was swept away after a river bridge collapsed.

The northern Yen Bai and Hoa Binh provinces have been particularly hard hit, with reports of widespread inundation and deadly landslides, and homes washed away

Casualties include four families whose houses were buried in a landslide early Thursday while they were sleeping, killing six and leaving another 12 missing, disaster official Quach Viet Hoang said.

Meanwhile 18 people were buried in an overnight landslide in Hoa Binh, with most of them still missing by Thursday, according to state media.

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

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