Rains, floods, landslides kill over 80 in Vietnam



Heavy rains, floods and landslides have killed nearly 84 people in Vietnam, local media reported on Monday.
Heavy rains lashed the central parts of the Southeast Asian nation, resulting in human losses. At least 38 people are still missing, Vietnam News Agency reported. The deceased also include search-and-rescue workers.
At least 13 officials and soldiers were killed by a landslide in Thua Thien Hue province, while on their way to the Rao Trang-3 hydropower plant.
Vietnam’s Office of the Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said 52,933 houses were submerged, while 24,734 were seriously damaged.
Over 107,500 hectares of rice and food crops were damaged by the floods, while more than 461,000 cattle and poultry were dead or swept away in the raging waters. The landslides and floods also damaged 12 national highways and local roads.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc launched a nationwide campaign to raise funds for poor households and flood victims.
Heavy rains have been pelting Vietnam since Oct. 10. The Southeast Asian country is bracing for its seventh typhoon — Nangka — this year.
Meteorological officials have predicted continuous rainfall in the region, at least until Oct. 20, due to low pressure in the north of the South China Sea, also known as the East Sea in Vietnam.
The mudslide hit the barracks of a unit of Vietnam’s 4th Military Region in the central province of Quang Tri, the government said in a statement on its website. It occurred days after another landslide killed 13 people, mostly soldiers, in the neighbouring province of Thua Thien Hue.
“We had another sleepless night,” an emotional deputy defence minister, Phan Van Giang, told reporters on Sunday.The government said later that 14 bodies had been recovered and eight others remained missing.—APP

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