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Central Vietnam facing food shortage

August 17, 2007

 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.

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At least 51 dead, 10 missing in Vietnam floods

August 10, 2007

Sent to Us By IANS

Friday August 10, 2007

Hanoi, Aug 10 (RIA Novosti) At least 51 people have died and 10 have been declared missing in central Vietnam, following torrential rains and flooding, officials said.

The floods have already destroyed about 60,000 homes in eight central provinces, leaving 70,000 hectares of arable land under water, crippling the country’s transport system, and disabling power lines. About 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, officials said Thursday.

Emergency and rescue services are continually receiving reports of casualties and damage, but communications have been almost entirely lost in some disaster-stricken residential areas.

Residents of the Quang Binh and Ha Tinh provinces, which have been hardest-hit by the tropical storms, and where floodwaters have reached up to three meters, said the inundation is the worst the regions have seen in half a century.

On Wednesday, Vietnamese Railways announced that all rail transit in the country would be suspended until further notice.

National authorities estimate financial damage so far at tens of millions of dollars.