Vietnam: Floods and landslides kill 10

HANOI (AFP) – Flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain have killed at least 10 people in Vietnam’s northern mountainous provinces near China, the government said Sunday.

The biggest death toll of five came in Ha Giang province, where people were buried in their homes or swept away in floods, the Hanoi-based national flood and storm control department said in an online statement.

Of the victims, four were children aged between two and 15 years old, the agency said.

Hundreds of houses in five northern provinces have been inundated while roads and crops were severely damaged in up to 300 millimetres (12 inches) of rain, which began falling on Thursday, it said.

At least 10 communes in Bac Giang province have been cut off.

Weather forecasters in Vietnam said the country had been influenced by the effects of Typhoon Chanthu, which lashed southern China late last week.

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