Saturday, November 3, 2007

Flood - Vietnam (Hanoi) NOV

Flooding in central Vietnam killed at least 18 people this week while rivers in the area have increased to an alarming level for the third time in a month, officials said on Saturday.

The official death toll rose from 13 on Friday, with most of the victims perishing in strong currents of streams and rivers.

The dead came from Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces.

Four others remained missing, said a report from the national flood and storm control committee in Hanoi.

Soldiers have been mobilised in Thua Thien Hue province to help people restore damaged houses, schools and medical clinics, the report said.

In Quang Nam and Quang Tri provinces, authorities provided rice, medicine and chemicals to clean the environment and fight possible epidemics.

However, according to the report, heavy rain saw water levels of rivers rise to record levels on Thursday and Friday, resulting in the third serious flooding since early October.

In October, 114 people died in floods and storms that ravaged central provinces and cities, the General Statistics Office said. - Source

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