HANOI: Floods in Vietnam killed 37 people and another 40 were missing as a tropical depression caused heavy rain in northern and central provinces, the Southeast Asian nation's disaster prevention agency said on Thursday (Oct 12).
Another 21 people were injured after rains caused landslides and flooding, prompting authorities to discharge water from dams, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on its website.
More than 17,000 households have been evacuated and more than 200 homes have collapsed, while nearly 18,000 other houses were submerged or damaged.
The committee said more than 8,000ha of land used for growing rice crops were damaged and around 40,000 animals were killed or washed away.
"We are mobilising all forces to search for the missing," a disaster official in the province told the porter by phone.
A journalist from Vietnam News Agency was swept away as an overflowing river cut through a bridge in northern Yen Bai province Wednesday. Authorities were still looking for him Thursday.
Images on state media showed people wading through waist-deep waters and tracts of forests wiped out by landslides in several regions.
At least 18 people were buried in an overnight landslide in Hoa Binh province, with 15 people still missing Thursday, according to state media.
A terrified resident described severe flooding in other parts of the province, where a state of emergency was declared.
"The flash flood was terrible. Water poured down from the hill, like a surge three metres high. Traffic has been blocked because of the floods," Phan Ba Dien told the reporter .
Eight people were reported dead in both Nghe An and Thanh Hoa provinces, the disaster agency said, while hundreds of soldiers and militia were deployed for rescue efforts.
At least 400mm of rain has pounded northern and central Vietnam since Sunday, the disaster agency said.
Vietnam has been hard hit by severe weather this year.
In September typhoon Doksuri slammed into central Vietnam, killing 11 people and destroying thousands of properties.
Nearly 170 people are dead or missing from natural disasters this year, which have caused $36 million of damage, according to official figures.
Vietnam often suffers from destructive storms and floods due to its long coastline. More than 200 people were killed in storms last year.