At least 11 killed by Typhoon Dianmu in Vietnam

At least eleven people were killed and two were missing in flash floods in northern Vietnam that were triggered by Typhoon Dianmu over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

The Typhoon also left eight people injured due to falling trees, collapsed house and landslides, the National Committee for Search and Rescue said in a report.

“The death toll can be higher than the data in the report because localities are still calculating losses,” committee member Do Huy Phuong told dpa.

Among the dead were six people who were killed by landslides and three others who were swept away, the report said. 

Torrential rain caused 89 houses to collapse and damaged nearly 2,000 others, according to the Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control.

Heavy rains also submerged nearly 11,000 hectares of rice, the Committee said.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said the north region received rainfall ranging from 220 to 344 millimeters for the past three days.

More rains and flooding would hit the area in the coming days, likely to cause more floods and landslides.

Vietnam loses between 1 and 1.5 per cent of its gross domestic product every year due to natural disasters, the Vietnamese government said.

Last update: Mon, 22/08/2016 - 11:12
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