40 killed, 22 missing after heavy rain, floods and landslides hit Vietnam

At least 40 people have been killed and 22 remain missing after Tropical Depression 23W dumped heavy rain and triggered floods and landslides across central and northern Vietnam. The death toll is currently one of the highest ever recorded in Vietnam caused by flooding, Vietnam’s disaster prevention agency said.

Head of the office of the People’s Committee in Hoa Binh, the hardest hit province, confirmed Thursday that rescuers have so far recovered 6 bodies from a landslide in Khanh Village, Tan Lac District. According to initial reports, the landslide occurred at around 01:00 local time Thursday, October 12, crushing 4 houses and burying 18 people.

At least 11 people have died and 21 went missing in the province.

“It’s impossible to fight against this water, it’s the strongest in years,” Ngo Thi Su, a resident in Hoa Binh, told state-run Vietnam Television.

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