Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Vietnam floods and landslides leave 43 dead, thousands evacuated

At least 54 people have died and another 39 are missing in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in several provinces of Vietnam, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Friday.

"Provinces are concentrating efforts and equipment on improving traffic", the Disaster Management Authority said Monday, giving the latest death toll.

Before the latest disaster, some 170 people were reported dead or missing in bad weather this year, including 11 people killed when Typhoon Doksuri hit central Vietnam last month.

According to reports, nearly 50,000 homes were still submerged across the centre and north of the country, while floods destroyed bridges and roads, isolating many areas, and several dams have burst. The floodgates of some of the dams will be opened to prevent them from overflowing.

The landslides and floods destroyed or inundated over 49,600 houses, broke or damaged a total of 46.9 km of dykes in Hanoi capital, Thanh Hoa and four northern provinces of Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh and Ninh Binh, and killed or swept away almost 300,000 cattle and poultry.

It said more than 8,000 hectares of land growing rice was also damaged and about 40,000 animals were killed or washed away.

The province declared a state of emergency on Monday over warnings that more landslides could occur as Khanun approached.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited northern Ninh Binh province where water levels in the Hoang Long river are their highest since 1985.

Floods have also affected seven of 77 provinces in Thailand, Vietnam's neighbour to the west, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

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