Flash floods kill 21 in northern Vietnam

Residents check a flooded hogpen after Typhoon Hagupit hit Dongguan, Guangdong province, September 25, 2008. Typhoon Hagupit, which killed 10 people in south China since Wednesday when it made landfall, was downgraded to a severe tropical storm and moved into Vietnam on Thursday morning, the local observatory said, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken September 25, 2008.  REUTERS/China Daily

Residents check a flooded hogpen after Typhoon Hagupit hit Dongguan, Guangdong province, September 25, 2008. Typhoon Hagupit, which killed 10 people in south China since Wednesday when it made landfall, was downgraded to a severe tropical storm and moved into Vietnam on Thursday morning, the local observatory said, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken September 25, 2008. REUTERS/China Daily

HANOI (Reuters) – Flash floods from a powerful typhoon that swept through the Philippines and China earlier in the week have killed at least 21 people in Vietnam, the government said Saturday.

Thousands of homes were either washed away or destroyed in northern Vietnam as typhoon Hagupit brought heavy rains and landslides, the government’s storm and flood prevention committee said in a report.

Hagupit, which means “lashing” in Filipino, killed at least eight people in the Philippines and three in China where it triggered a “once-in-a-century storm tide.”

The Vietnamese army sent 3,400 soldiers to rescue and evacuate thousands of people out of areas vulnerable to more flash floods and landslides in the mountainous provinces of Son La, Lang Son and Bac Giang.

Four people were not yet accounted for since floods hits the northern areas and 30 were injured, the government said.

The water level in two swollen rivers, Ky Cung and Thai Binh is expected to rise swiftly Saturday and peak at 5.5 meter Sunday, the National Metereology Centre’s forecast said.

Vietnam’s main agriculture belt, including the coffee-growing Central Highlands region and the Mekong Delta rice basket, was not on the storm’s path.

(Reporting by Nguyen Nhat Lam; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)
Flash floods kill 21 in northern Vietnam | International | Reuters

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