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Death toll rises from Vietnam floods

by Staff Writers
Hanoi (AFP) Aug 15, 2008
The death toll from tropical storm Kammuri and subsequent floods has risen to at least 127 in northern Vietnam, with 34 others still listed as missing, an official said Friday.

"In recent days, we have been focussing our efforts on helping those in the disaster area," an official from the national flood and storm control committee told AFP.

Heavy rains followed by flash floods and landslides in Vietnam's northern mountainous provinces that began last week destroyed nearly 800 houses.

Some 17,800 other buildings were flooded and damaged while 15,200 hectares (37,500 acres) of crops were wiped out, the committee said.

Vietnam suffers hundreds of deaths every year as a result of floods and storms that often hit between July and November.

The official said the water levels of rivers in the north had dropped significantly.

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Mekong river water levels drop after floods: govt
Hanoi (AFP) Aug 15, 2008
The Mekong river, which reached record highs in Laos in recent days, started to fall Friday in the capital Vientiane and should spare the city serious flooding, a government spokesman said.

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