Flooding death toll rises to 36 in south, central Vietnam

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The death toll from seasonal flooding in the Mekong Delta and the central region has risen to 36, the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control announced Wednesday.

Mekong Delta provinces have reported 34 deaths, most of them of children who drowned in the worst seasonal flooding since 2000.

Dong Thap Province has posted the highest toll with 13 deaths, followed by Can Tho City with 6 and the provinces of An Giang, Long An and Kien Giang with five each.

Thousands of hectares of rice fields and other crops and more than 60,000 houses have been inundated in these provinces.

Two other deaths were reported in the central province of Ninh Thuan.

Floods also swept away 52 houses in Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Dak Nong provinces, damaged 406 houses and more than 4,800 hectares of rice fields and other crops in central provinces.

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