Floods and landslides kill 37, leave 40 missing in Vietnam

At least 37 dead, 40 missing in landslides, floods in Vietnam

Floods have also affected seven of 77 provinces in Thailand, Vietnam's neighbor to the west, that country's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Thursday. The disasters injured 21 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, submerged another 16,740 homes and damaged infrastructure and crops in six central and northern provinces.

Residents walk through a muddy road which was damaged by a landslide in northern province of Son La, Vietnam on Thursday Oct. 12, 2017.

At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.

They have also injured 21 local people, inundated over 16,700 houses, damaged two dikes, more than 39,300 hectares of crops, killed or swept away almost 1,200 cattle and roughly 40,000 fowls, and caused landslides along many national roads. The deaths included four families whose houses were buried in a landslide early Thursday while they were sleeping, killing nine and leaving nine others missing, disaster official Tran Anh Tuan said.

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"Transportation to and from the southern district of Tram Tau was cut off by landslides and floods, making it impossible to send additional search forces to look for six people still missing there", said Mr Lien, adding that search operations in the area are relying on local military, police and villagers.

Evacuations were ordered for 200,000 people in Ninh Binh province in the north.

Central and northern Vietnam experience several typhoons and tropical storms every year.

The storm could bring more rain and misery to the central and northern regions already soaked by rain and floodwater. Vietnam has already been hit by severe rain and storms this year, with almost 170 people dead or missing before the latest bout of bad weather.

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