Vietnam flood victims facing cold, hunger: reports

HANOI (AFP) — Floods in central Vietnam since the weekend have killed at least 28 people and left thousands more facing starvation as winter nears, officials said Wednesday.

Although regional rivers had started to recede, more than 187,000 houses were still inundated, said the national flood and storm control committee.

Tuoi Tre, or Youth, newspaper quoted a senior official of Quang Nam province as saying that continuous floods since early October had left thousands of people coping with cold and hunger.

The Hanoi-based flood and storm committee said hundreds of tonnes of instant noodles and rice had been sent to flood-hit provinces, polluted water was being cleansed, and houses and infrastructure were being repaired.

Floods have been reported in central Vietnam for more than a month. At least 200 deaths have been reported while economic losses have been estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.


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