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37 killed in Vietnam floods

Bdtodays Desk: In heavy rain 37 people have died from floods and landslides that are confirmed by Vietnamese authorities. With the dead another 40 people are missing, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes, as a tropical depression sweeps across northern and central Vietnam.

A local journalist is missing among the person who was going to report on the floods, who was swept away after a river bridge collapsed. The South East Asian country often is renowned as the experiences severe storms, and sees several deaths every year from floods.

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.

“We had no time to react. My oldest son was swept away by the floodwater,” one Yen Bai resident told news outlet Tuoi Tre. On Wednesday several people, including a Vietnam News Agency reporter, were swept away by a torrential river after a bridge they were crossing in Yen Bai collapsed, local media 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. 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”.

Source: BBC

Bdtodays/ M, H/ 12 October 2017

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