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Seven killed in northern Vietnam flooding

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At least seven people have been killed and several others reported missing in flash floods triggered by Tropical Storm Kujira in northern Vietnam’s Son La Province.

On Thursday, Vietnamese 'disaster official' Tran Viet Phuong said that authorities are searching for the missing, among them a four-year-old boy.

The country’s northern region has received about 20 centimeters of rain over the past two days.

Kujira formed in the South China Sea on June 20 before developing into a tropical storm two days later.

The center of the storm hit the Chinese Hainan Islands on June 22, moved into the Gulf of Tonkin and struck the southeastern coast of Vietnam afterwards.

Different parts of the country experienced strong winds days before the storm.

Vietnam witnesses deadly storms and floods every year, which claim the lives of hundreds of people.

In 2013, flooding claimed the lives of dozens of people and left about 100,000 homes and roads damaged.

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