Vietnam: At least 37 dead and 40 missing in flood

A flooded area of the province of Nghe an, in central Vietnam, on October 11, 2017. — VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY / AFP

The balance sheet of the torrential rains falling in Vietnam since the beginning of the week is increasing. At least 37 people have died and 40 are missing in floods and landslides related to the weather ravaging the north and centre of the country, the government has said.

“We are mobilising all our forces to search for the missing,” assured a manager of emergency services. Hundreds of troops were participating Thursday in the rescue operations.

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The province of Hoa Binh, in the north of the country, is one of the hardest hit by these torrential rains experienced since the beginning of the week, with 11 dead and 21 missing.

Floods kill at least 40 in #Vietnam

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170 victims of the weather since the beginning of the year

Among the victims is a journalist of the State agency VNA swept away when a river in flood had destroyed a bridge on Wednesday. And at least 18 people have been submerged by the waters in the night from Wednesday to Thursday in the province of Hoa Binh. Fifteen of them are still missing.

Vietnam has been hit by more than a dozen storms or typhoons each year : according to official figures, almost 170 people died or disappeared in these weather conditions since the beginning of the year.

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In mid-September, the devastating passage of one of the most powerful typhoons in recent years, Doksurin, had ravaged the center of the country, resulting in 11 deaths. The storms struck mainly between may and October, during the monsoon, and the central coast of this country of South-East Asia is the most regularly affected. Last year, 235 people have been killed in natural disasters.