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Thousands evacuated as floods and landslides sow death in Vietnam

Thousands evacuated as floods and landslides sow death in Vietnam
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Floods and landslides have killed at least 37 people in Vietnam, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on Thursday.

Scores more were reported missing or injured.

The bad weather caused by a tropical depression is wreaking havoc mostly in the north and centre of the country. It comes on the heels of a typhoon that ripped through central Vietnam just last month.

Now the rising waters are swallowing roads and turning into torrents right outside people’s doorsteps.

The disaster prevention agency says more than 17,000 homes have been evacuated and as many have been damaged.

Around 40,000 animals were killed or washed away.

Hoa Binh province in the northwest declared a state of emergency and opened eight gates to discharge water at Hoa Binh dam, Vietnam’s largest hydroelectric dam, the first time it has done so in years, VTV reported.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited northern Ninh Binh province where water levels in the Hoang Long river are their highest since 1985.