80,000 Vietnamese evacuated after floods kill 19


A taxi negociates on a flooded coastal road at Ha Long city in the north-eastern coastal province of Quang Ninh after the passage of the typhoon Haiyan, in this Nov. 11, 2013 photo. (AFP)

(SOURCE)   HANOI, Vietnam: Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in central Vietnam have killed 19 people, left eight missing and forced about 80,000 from their homes, disaster officials and state media said Saturday.
The inundations could continue to worse, they said.

The floods forced 64,500 people from their homes in Quang Ngai province, with three dead and three missing, provincial officials said. The military and police are rushing aid and food to villagers cut off by the floodwaters, they said.

Another 16,600 people were evacuated from their homes in the neighboring province of Quang Nam, where one person died and another was missing, disaster official Nguyen Hoai Phuong said.

“The flooding was widespread in the province, where some 60 percent to 80 percent of the areas of Hoi An city and two other districts were submerged,” Phuong said, adding that the floodwaters were slowly receding.