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At Least 37 Dead, 40 Missing After Floods, Landslides in Vietnam

Hanoi(October 12, 2017): Floods and landslides after a tropical depression have killed at least 37 people, left another 40 missing and damaged homes and crops in northern and central Vietnam, officials said.

The disasters injured 21 people and destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 houses, submerged another 16,740 homes and damaged infrastructure and crops in six central and northern provinces, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said.

In the hardest-hit northern province of Hoa Binh, 11 people died and 21 others were missing.

The casualties include four families whose houses were buried in a landslide early Thursday while they were sleeping, killing six and leaving another 12 missing, disaster official Quach Viet Hoang said.

Rescuers were trying to search for the missing, Hoang added. Evacuations were ordered for 200,000 people in Ninh Binh province in the north.

The tropical depression hit central Vietnam and brought heavy rains.

More rains are forecast for some parts of northern and central regions as a cold spell is moving from southern China to Vietnam, the disaster agency said.

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