Flash floods, landslides hit Vietnam, 37 dead

Vietnamese authorities said that 37 died, 40 were missing and thousands had been evacuated from their homes due to floods and landslides caused by heavy rain.

A local journalist from a Vietnam news agency got swept away while reporting on the floods after a river bridge collapsed, as a tropical depression swept across northern and central Vietnam.

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On Wednesday several people were swept away by a torrential river after a bridge they were crossing in Yen Bai collapsed.

According to authorities at least 16000 homes were submerged.The latest bout began on Monday, and weather officials have warned that the tropical depression may intensify into a more powerful storm in coming days.

Vietnam often experiences deaths due to floods and severe storms.The death toll was one of the highest ever recorded in the country that was caused by flooding, Reuters reported Vietnam’s disaster prevention agency as saying.

There are reports of widespread inundation and deadly landslides, and homes washed away in the northern Yen Bai and Hoa Binh provinces.

 

“We had no time to react. My oldest son was swept away by the floodwater,” one Yen Bai resident told news outlet, Tuoi Tre.

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Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed for rescue efforts. A disaster agency official told AFP news agency that they were “mobilising all forces to search for the missing”.