At least 29 people have been killed after heavy rains caused major landslides and floods in northern and central Vietnam. According to local media, rescue workers have been trying to get people out of the dangerous areas as more rain is expected in the flood-hit regions. More than half of the victims were killed in the country’s northern mountainous areas. Reports say in one incident, 16 people were killed in landslides while they were traveling to a tin mine in the mountainous northern province of Yen Bai.
Around 100 police officers and soldiers continued to work in heavy rain as they searched for the remaining victims. Meanwhile, thousands of people were told to evacuate from potentially dangerous areas.The affected areas are reportedly far from the main coffee belt and the rice production has not been affected. Vietnam is prone to natural disasters and is regularly hit with floods in the rainy season. According to official data, over 400 Vietnamese were killed each year between 2007 to 2011. Most natural disasters take place in low-lying and densely populated areas in central and northern Vietnam. TNP/JR