Flooding in South-East Asia leaves at least 20 dead, thousands homeless
More than two dozen people have been killed by flooding in South-East Asia with more missing and thousands of homes inundated as tropical storms sweep the region.
- At least 17 people have died and more than 31,000 people have been left homeless in Vietnam
- Ten people have reportedly drowned and one person has been killed by lightning in Cambodia
- Typhoon Linfa made landfall in Vietnam this morning
At least 17 people have been been reported dead in Vietnam’s central provinces in the past week, 13 are still missing and more than 30,000 have been left homeless.
On Monday morning, the military had mobilised more than 200,000 soldiers to help residents in the worst affected areas in preparation for Typhoon Linfa which made landfall south of Da Nang.
Across the border in Cambodia, flooding has killed at least 11 people since the beginning of the month.
Seasonal rains had been exacerbated by a tropical storm, which caused flash floods in several provinces last week, said Khun Sokha, a spokesman for the National Committee for Disaster Management.
Ten people reportedly drowned in floodwaters and one was killed by lightning, he said.
Several hundred families had been evacuated to higher ground.
On Friday, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered local authorities to mobilise assistance to those affected.
Thailand and Laos have also endured flooding.
Dramatic rescue in Vietnam
Footage broadcast by Vietnam TV showed fishermen being rescued by coastguard and helicopters as strong winds battered the central Vietnamese coast in the central province of Quang Tri.
Floods have cut food supplies to thousands of people, around 31,000 people have been displaced and more than 33,000 houses submerged and damaged by floods, according to a Government report.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline.
Natural disasters — predominantly floods and landslides triggered by storms — killed 132 people and injured 207 others in the country last year.