Based Upon Reports from Communist Vietnam
August 17, 2007
Some one million people face food shortages in central Vietnam until the rice harvest early next year after the worst floods in decades, government officials have said.
74 people have died and nine are missing and feared dead after a storm dumped heavy rain during the first ten days of August in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces.
Ha Tinh has reported the worst floods in 50 years with 29 deaths, 14 of them children.
Residents in the neighbouring province of Quang Binh, where 15 died, have also lost all food stocks and fresh rice supplies.
Storms and typhoons often strike Vietnam from August to October.
Last year, ten storms hit the country and about 500 people were killed by floods and landslides.