Flash floods and landslides in Vietnam killed 14 people

Flash floods and landslides caused by a downpour in Vietnam’s northern and central regions since late last week have killed 14 people and left four missing, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning, floods and landslides claimed nine lives and left three people missing in central Thanh Hoa province. Meanwhile, floods killed one person each of the five northern provinces of Hoa Binh, Yen Bai, Son La, Lang Son and Lai Chau, and left one person missing in Lai Chau, reports BSS.

The floods and landslides also destroyed 375 houses, inundated 5,735 hectares of rice and other crops, killed 661 cattle and 59,563 fowls, and damaged 1,046 hectares of aquaculture ponds, 620 meters of dykes and 7,924 meters of canals, said the committee.

Natural disasters, mostly typhoons, floods and landslides, killed or left missing 153 people and injured 119 others, and caused property losses of over 7,000 billion Vietnamese dong (304.3 million U.S. dollars) in the first eight months of this year, according to Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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