At least nine people have been killed and three others missing as tropical storm Dianmu brought heavy flooding to mountainous provinces in northern Vietnam, swiping many houses and fields.
Constant downpours on recent days have flooded many places in the northern highlands by up to 1.8 meters.
A source from the National Steering Committee for Search and Rescue said flash floods, landslides and house collapses have killed nine people in the region by Saturday night, including two each in Lao Cai, Phu Tho and Yen Bai, and one each in Hoa Binh, Son La and Vinh Phuc.
The victims reportedly were aged between from 14 and 72.
Two people are still missing in Lao Cai and another in Bac Giang.
Yen Bai is the hardest hit as officials estimated that the storm has caused damage worth VND101.5 billion (US$4.55 million) to more than 2,500 houses and more than 1,200 hectares of fields, Vietnam News Agency reported. Around a thousand families had to evacuate.
In nearby provinces, hundreds of houses and hectares of fields have also been damaged. Damage of houses, roads and fields in Lao Cai has been estimated at VND60 billion ($2.7 million).
There have been warnings about further flooding and landslides in Bac Kan, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Son La, Thai Nguyen, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai as well as the neighboring Nghe An and Thanh Hoa in the north central region.
Dianmu, which is the third formed off Vietnam’s eastern coast this year, made landfall on Friday.
Earlier, Mirinae in July and Nida in early August also affected northern Vietnam and claimed seven lives in total.