Floods kill 8, leave 5 missing in northern Vietnam

The Associated Press
Friday, September 26, 2008

HANOI, Vietnam: Floods triggered by Typhoon Hagupit have killed at least eight people in northern Vietnam and left five others missing and feared dead, officials said Friday.

In Lang Son province, three people were swept away and killed Thursday night, provincial disaster official Bui Thanh said.

“Floods have isolated many areas,” Thanh said. “We have had to mobilize hundreds of rescue workers to help.”

In Son La and Bac Giang provinces, a total of five people drowned and five were missing, officials said.

The weather forecast called for continued heavy rain Friday, and rivers in northern Vietnam were expected to rise.

“The death toll is expected to increase as there are many parts of the province that have not been reached,” disaster official Vu Ngoc Tuong of Son La said, adding that floods have cut telecommunication cables to some areas.

Authorities rushed food and medicine to people in affected areas.

Typhoon Hagupit swept into southern China’s Guangdong province Wednesday, killing 10 people and forcing the evacuation of more than 28,000 before weakening into a tropical storm, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The storm moved into northern Vietnam on Thursday, unleashing heavy rains. Thousands of Vietnamese have been relocated to higher ground.

Source: International Herald Tribune

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