27 killed, 7 still missing in Vietnam’s flood

Downpour, lash floods and landslides sparkled by Typhoon Son Tinh have left 27 people dead, seven missing and 26 injured in Vietnam’s central and northern regions, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Tuesday morning.

Among the 27 deaths, 13 were from northern Yen Bai province, six from northern Son La province, three from northern Phu Tho province and central Thanh Hoa province each, and one from northern Lao Cai and Hoa Binh provinces each.

Among the seven people listed as missing, four were from Yen Bai, two from Thanh Hoa, and one from Phu Tho. Most of the injured people are from Yen Bai.

The natural disasters also destroyed 243 houses and inundated over 6,900 houses, killed 6,500 cattle and roughly 115,000 poultry, damaged 6,200 hectares of aquaculture ponds, and inundated 81,000 hectares of rice in the two regions, said the committee.

According to Vietnam’s National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, due to a tropical depression, the northern localities of Lang Son, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Lai Chau will experience heavy rain and strong winds on Tuesday and Wednesday. Flash floods and landslides may occur in several northern mountainous provinces.

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