Flooding affect Vietnam and China
The floods affected north and central Vietnam, as well as southern China after three days of heavy raining. The rainfall, which began October 30, is the heaviest in 24 years, a state meteorological official told the Vietnam News Agency, and were the worst floods in Hanoi since 1984.
At least 66 in Vietnam and 34 in China have been killed because of the flooding. Overall, 15,000 families evacuated their homes, and almost 100 schools, 100,000 houses, 241,000 hectares of crops, and 25,400 hectares of fish farms were submerged or damaged in the floodwaters.
In Hanoi, 18, including 3 children, were found dead after 13 more bodies were recovered. Up to one meter of water flooded the city’s streets, and transportation was halted.
Food prices, especially those of meat and vegetables, reached exorbitant highs in the city, as the rains ruined many crops.
Elsewhere in Vietnam, 10 people, including 4 children were killed in Nghe An Province from the floods. 17 were killed in Ha Tinh Province, 4 each in Quang Ngai Province and Quang Binh Province, 3 in Bac Giang Province, 2 each in Hoa Binh Province, Thai Nguyen Province, and Vinh Phuc Province, and 1 each in Ninh Binh Province, Phu Tho Province, Quang Nam Province, and Phu Yen Province. In addition water levels on the Cả River, Hoang Long, the upper Ma River were very high.