Vietnam floods, landslides: Death toll rises to 54 and 39 goes missing

Heavy floods and landslides in Vietnam claimed the lives of 54 people and still 39 goes missing.

The heavy rains disrupted the travel in some areas and became a barrier to rescue operations in finding out the missing persons. The tropical depression has hit Vietnam earlier in this week.

Travel has been disrupted in the central and northern regions. The storm hit the central Vietnam on Tuesday in which 31 people were injured and more than 30,000 houses were submerged in the floods.

This storm damaged the infrastructure, crops and livestock as said by the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority in a statement which was issued by them on Friday.

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Flood generic image. Photo courtesy of Maggie Smith/Freedigitalphotos.net.

Nguyen Thi Lien, Disaster official from the northern Yen Bai province reported that six people died in the floods and they have mobilized 580 soldiers and more than 2000 residents to search for the missing 16 people in the province.

Lien said that: “Transportation to and from 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,”. He added that search operations in the district now depend only on local military, police officers and the village people.

And now according to the national weather forecasters, another tropical depression upgraded to tropical storm named as Khanun. Khanun went through northern island of Luzon of Philippines on early Friday morning and will reach South China Sea towards Vietnam. This may again bring more rains and misery to the regions which are already affected with rain and flood waters.

Each year, many people are being killed by floods and storms in Vietnam.

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