Flooding and landslides hit Vietnam

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Flood, Landslide

Flooding triggered by a tropical storm has killed at least 20 people and left over a dozen missing in northern Vietnam.

Ten people drowned in floods caused by heavy rain in Yen Bai province after Tropical Storm Son Tinh hit the country’s northern region last week, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

In Thanh Hoa province, a flash flood swept through a small village in Lang Chanh district and carried away a dozen stilt houses on Thursday.

Local resident Luong Van Hung said: “The floods came so quick and gave us so little time to escape.

Casualties were also reported in Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Hoa Binh and Son La provinces, where heavy rain caused landslides and cut off roads.

The rain stopped over the weekend, but the national weather forecast agency said another tropical depression is heading toward northern Vietnam this week.

Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and floods that kill hundreds of people every year.

Source: itv News. 23 July 2018. At least 20 killed and dozens missing after Vietnam flooding. http://www.itv.com/news/2018-07-23/at-least-20-killed-and-dozens-missing-after-vietnam-flooding/