13 killed as more floods torment central Vietnam

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Another round of flooding in central Vietnam has killed at least 13 people and left four missing, the Central Committee for Storms and Floods Control said Wednesday (November 3).

The highest death toll was in Khanh Hoa Province where five victims were killed, the committee said in a report on its website.

The third round of flooding to hit the region over the past month has damaged nearly 20,000 houses and thousands of hectares of crops in many provinces, including Ninh Thuan and Khanh Hoa, it said.

Traffic also suffered because of the floods with landslides covering main streets.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines on Wednesday said Cam Ranh Airport in Khanh Hoa Province was cut off and that bad weather had prompted them to cancel 12 domestic flights on Monday and Tuesday.

However, the weather improved on Wednesday, and the airline used bigger planes to help transport the delayed passengers.

In some provinces, local people and authorities blamed hydropower reservoirs for worsening the floods.

Last month the central region was hit by floods and 165 people were reported dead or missing.

In other news, Pham Quang Luan, a police representative in the central province of Quang Tri Wednesday said they have found the bodies of two passengers who went missing when their bus was swept away in floods in Ha Tinh Province on October 18.

The bus, which was en route to Nam Dinh Province, was carrying 38 passengers when the accident took place.

Eighteen people managed to escape from the bus after it fell into the Lam River, while 20 others were reported missing. Rescuers recovered the bus four days after the accident and have found 18 bodies so far.

The driver, Tran Van Truong, is currently in custody while an investigation is carried out.

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