5 dead, 2 missing as heavy rains cause flash floods in Vietnam northern mountains

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Heavy flood in Thanh Hoa Province, where a 5-year-old is still missing from being swept away at night. Photo: Le Anh/VietNamNet Heavy flood in Thanh Hoa Province, where a 5-year-old is still missing from being swept away at night. Photo: Le Anh/VietNamNet

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Downpours in Vietnam’s northern mountains last week caused flash floods that killed at least five people, including two children, and left two others missing.
The National Steering Committee for Search and Rescue said heavy rains between August 10 and 14 have taken a heavy toll, news website VietNamNet reported.
Two girls aged three and eight were swept away in Dien Bien Province.
A 22-year-old man in Thai Nguyen Province and a person in Sa Pa were also killed in similar circumstances.
In Lao Cai Province, a 53-year-old man and his wife, 51, were swept away but rescuers have only recovered the body of the woman.
Rescuers in Thanh Hoa Province in the north-central region are looking for a five-year-old who was swept away while sleeping at night.
Rainfall of up to 230 mm has been forecast over the next couple of days in the northern mountainous region, and it could possibly cause more flash floods and erosion.

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