Vietnam, Inundated, Fights Disease

HANOI, Vietnam – Rains again hit northern Vietnam on Friday as the authorities in Hanoi moved to contain the spread of dengue fever and other diseases after the worst floods to hit the city in more than 35 years.

At least 180 cases of the mosquito-borne disease were reported by Hanoi hospitals in a six-day period, the state news media reported, as officials warned of other disease threats in neighborhoods flooded with dirty water.

At least 82 people have been killed since unseasonal rains started hitting north-central Vietnam late last month and then Hanoi a week ago, according to reports from city and provincial emergency services. More than 32 inches of rain pounded Hanoi in five days, swelling the Red River and its tributaries, and inundating rice fields and more than 120,000 buildings.

Hanoi’s Communist Party leader, Pham Quang Nghi, was forced to offer a public apology after he caused widespread anger by accusing flood victims of waiting for state aid instead of trying to help themselves.

Vietnam, Inundated, Fights Disease – NYTimes.com

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