Vietnam and China raise flood toll

”]Flooding has caused power cuts and threatened to spread disease [EPA]Forecasters say that more torrential rain is expected to hit areas of south China and Vietnam where at least 150 people have been killed in the area’s worst flooding in several years.

In northern Vietnam at least 120 people are now confirmed to have died after floodwaters from southern China caused river levels to rise, further inundating a region lashed by heavy rains since Friday.

In China itself meanwhile state media reported that 26 people had been killed in mudslides in southwestern Yunnan province, while 45 others were still missing.

Overall at least 34 people have so far died in the flooding across southern China.

In Vietnam the government has warned that more downpours, flash floods and landslides could be in store in mountainous provinces in the country’s north-central region this week.

Vietnam, the world’s third-largest rice exporter, has not released any crop damage estimates in the northern Red River delta region, but the government said nearly 260,000 hectares of rice, corn, sugarcane and fruit had been submerged.

”]Large parts of Hanoi have been submerged in the flooding [Reuters]In the capital, Hanoi, schools stayed closed and many streets were still submerged on Tuesday.

Officials say at least 20 people have died in the city’s worst flooding in more than 20 years.

“This natural disaster is characterised as the largest ever in Hanoi,” Pham Quang Nghi, the chief of the Hanoi branch of the ruling Communist Party, was quoted by state media as saying at a meeting on Monday.

The national weather centre has also forecast more heavy rains over the weekend that could lead to higher water levels in the already-swollen Thai Binh river in the northern delta region.

Health ministry officials meanwhile have alerted clinics in flood-hit areas to prepare for disease outbreaks such as cholera or dengue as parts of Hanoi and 17 other provinces struggled with a shortage of fresh water and food.

State-run Voice of Vietnam radio said emergency supplies of instant noodles and rice were being distributed to flood victims in and around the capital.

Al Jazeera English – Asia-Pacific – Vietnam and China raise flood toll

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