Flashfloods, landslides leave 9 dead, one missing in northern Vietnam

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Nine people have died, one person is missing and another has been injured in flashfloods and landslides triggered by typhoon Vicente in northern Vietnamese provinces over the past several days.

According to the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control, a landslide in Tuyen Quang Province's Yen Son District killed three people while four others drowned in flashfloods in Ha Giang Province.

Two other fatalities happened in Son La and Lai Chau provinces while another has been listed missing after being swept away away by floods in Lao Cai Province.

Floods have swept 11 houses away and damaged 318 others in the northern provinces. More than 1,100 hectares of rice and crops were inundated.

The committee approved a proposal by the Electricity of Vietnam that it would not discharge water from the Hoa Binh and Son La hydropower reservoirs to avoid worsening the floods, while generating power at maximum capacity to deal with increasing water levels in the reservoirs.

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