3 killed as more rains batter central Vietnam

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At least three people have been killed and nearly 10,000 houses inundated after central Vietnam was flooded for a second time in less than a month.


Floods caused by heavy rains in the past three days swept away an 18-year-old man in Binh Dinh Province and a nine-year-old boy and an unidentified young man in Quang Ngai to the north. 


They were all trying to cross swollen streams.


In Binh Dinh more than 2,340 houses were under 0.2 to 0.5 meters of water by Sunday evening.


The floods have caused damage worth more than VND51 billion (US$2.43 million) in the province, including 210 hectares of rice fields, 920 hectares of aquaculture farms, and irrigation systems.


In Quang Ngai 7,440 houses were submerged and five others razed, while more than 550 ha of crops were destroyed.


Earlier this month at least 27 people were killed and one other went missing in the central region following severe flooding caused by torrential rains since November 4 and discharges from reservoirs.


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