Hanoi: At least eight people have died in the
latest floods to hit Vietnam, bringing to about 150 the number
killed in flooding disasters over the past month, the
government said on Wednesday.
Almost 34,000 people have been forced from their homes in
the south-central coastal provinces of Ninh Thuan, Khanh Hoa
and Phu Yen after up to 16 inches of rain fell since late last
week, the national flood and storm control department said.
In addition to the eight dead, six other people were
missing, it said.
In early October floods that struck further north centred
on Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces, leaving at least 64
Ha Tinh was hit again later in the month after more heavy
rain caused inundations that killed at least 74 people in the
central region. The victims included 20 bus passengers whose
vehicle was swept off a highway.
Vietnam regularly suffers from tropical storms and
flooding at this time of year.