At least 37 people were killed in floods and landslide caused by a tropical depression in central and northern province of Vietnam Thursday, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement to AP. The disaster left another 40 missing. More than 1,000 houses were damaged, another 16,740 homes were submerged, crops and infrastructure has been destroyed in six central and northern provinces. The tropical depression hit central Vietnam on Tuesday and brought heavy rains. Evacuations were ordered for 200,000 people in Ninh Binh province in the north. In the northern province of Hoa Binh, 11 people dies and 21 others went missing. Houses of the families were buried in the landslide while they were a sleep on early Thursday.
Rescue operations have been sent across northern and central regions as more rains are predicted in some parts of Vietnam. According to the disaster agency, another tropical depression was expected to hit the Philippines on Thursday evening and could strengthen to a tropical storm when it moves to the South China Sea.
This is the first time in a decade that Vietnam has received rain upto 50 centimeters in over a period of three days until Wednesday. Vietnam is prone to floods and storms which kill hundreds of people each year, Agriculture Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong said in a government emergency meeting Wednesday.
(With inputs from AP)