Floods kill 111 in central Vietnam, Storm Saudel on the way

HANOI (AFP) – More than 100 people have died and 20 others are missing in central Vietnam following weeks of severe flooding and landslides, authorities said yesterday, as the country braced for yet another storm this weekend.

About 178,000 homes have been submerged by floodwaters, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, with rescuers mounting a desperate bid to get food and drinking water to those cut off.

Roads, infrastructure and crops in the central region have also been devastated by the floods, the charity added, warning that hundreds of thousands would need housing and income support in the coming weeks.

Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu of the Vietnam Red Cross Society said the floods are “some of the worst we have seen in decades”.

At least 111 people have been killed, the Disaster Management authority said, while nearly 200,000 have been evacuated.

More rain is forecast to hit the area over the weekend as Storm Saudel blows in from the South China Sea.

Military personnel and local residents work together to strengthen breakwaters against rising tides caused by recent downpours in central Vietnam’s Thua Thien-Hue Province. PHOTO: XINHUA