Heavy rains trigger flooding in Vietnam, leaving 42 dead

by Alisa Tang | @alisatang | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 13:45 GMT

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Heavy rains and winds last week unleashed floods in south-central Vietnam, the United Nations said on Wednesday, leaving 42 dead, destroying more than 400 homes.

Torrential rains struck from Nov. 14 to 17, along the coastal areas from Quang Tri to Ninh Thuan and the Central Highlands, with total rainfall of 401 to 973 mm, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Extensive flooding has hit the central provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Da Nang, Phu Yen and Binh Dinh.

Citing information from Vietnam’s Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control, OCHA reported that floodwaters had receded in many regions, but some communes remain inundated in Binh Dinh province’s Tuy Phuoc district.

The report said more than 425,000 homes were flooded, five people were missing and 66 injured. U.N. agencies and NGOs are slated to meet on Friday to update field assessments and coordinate a response if needed.

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