Vietnam floods death toll rises to 54

Vietnam floods death toll rises to 54

The death toll from floods in Vietnam has risen to 54 with at least 39 still missing.

Landslides have ravaged the country, destroying some 317 homes and leaving rescuers scrambling to find survivors, disaster officials said.

Both northern and central Vietnam have been affected in what has been described as the worst floods in years by agriculture minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong.

One of the worst affected is Tan Lac district in the northern province of Hoa Binh where four families with 18 members were killed in a landslide on Thursday.

More than 34,000 other houses in the country have been submerged or damaged and around 180,000 animals killed or washed away.

Floods have also affected seven of 77 provinces in Thailand.

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