Floods in Vietnam kill 98 people and cause property damage
Hanoi, Oct 19 (Prensa Latina) Considered the most devastating in the last decade, floods that have struck the central territory of Vietnam for over a week have killed 98 people so far, caused 26 people to go missing and sizeable economic damage.
Nearly half of fatalities (48) were registered in three separate episodes.
The first episode occurred on Thursday in Thua Tien-Hue province when a mudslide fell on 13 construction workers, and the second one occurred the next day when the same thing happened to some soldiers who were searching for them.
The third massive tragedy was registered yesterday Sunday when another landslide buried 22 soldiers and officials from Quang Tri province, who had also gone on a rescue mission.
Related to two tropical storms that struck the region almost without transition, rains and floods in the region have also injured hundreds of people and caused property losses still to be accurately assessed.
At the moment, authorities are reporting nearly 25,000 houses completely destroyed and over 50,000 partially destroyed, great damage in some 170 km of roads and infrastructure works, over 100,000 hectares of rice and other crops flooded, and around half a million fowls and thousands of heads of cattle drowned.
This is one of the 10 most affected countries by that phenomenon globally. Natural disasters and related incidents bring about losses of up to 1.5 percent of GDP every year.
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