Vietnam floods kill 12, capital Hanoi under water
VIETNAM: Floods have killed at least 12 people in central Vietnam,
emergency services said Friday, as heavy rains lashed the capital Hanoi
and left many streets under one metre (three feet) of water.
Worst-hit central Ha Tinh province - where muddy waters inundated
dozens of homes and hundreds of hectares of rice and other crops -
reported seven deaths, said the National Flood and Storm Prevention
"A 48-year-old man was swept away after feeding his buffalo and a
19-year-old man was killed on the way to husk rice," said the
committee's online report, adding that three of the victims were
children. More deaths were reported from Nghe An, Quang Ngai and Quang
A week of heavy rains has swollen rivers and triggered flash floods
and landslides in the region, where downpours continued Friday.
In northern Vietnam, the capital Hanoi was also hit by heavy rains
that turned streets into rivers and caused traffic chaos, leaving many
people stranded as flood waters soaked their motorcycle engines.
Vietnam gets lashed by typhoons, tropical storms and heavy rains
every year. According to government figures, floods and landslides in
Vietnam last year left 435 people dead and missing.