Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Vietnam’s northern and central regions since last week has killed 77 people, Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Thursday. It said that the flood and landslide also left 26 local people missing, and injured 38 others.
“The 77 fatalities included 26 people in northern Hoa Binh province, 17 in northern Yen Bai province and 16 in central Thanh Hoa province.
“Others are nine people in central Nghe province, six in northern Son La province, two in Hanoi capital and one in central Quang Tri province.
“In the coming days, flash floods and landslides are forecast to hit mountainous areas in Vietnam’s central highlands regions,” said the committee.
It said that in Hoa Binh’s Tan Lac district, where a landslide buried 18 people, including infants from four families, all the 18 bodies had been found.
“Since mid-June, flash floods and landslides have killed or left missing 148 Vietnamese people, and caused property losses of over 3,000 billion Vietnamese dong,’’ the committee said