Floods' death toll climbs to 35 in central Vietnam

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As of Monday night, floods caused by the torrential rains that began last Wednesday have killed at least 35 people in Vietnam's Central region, the Central Committee of Storm and Flood Control reported.


Another two in Ha Tinh province were reported missing, while Quang Binh reported three injured, according to the latest figures released by the committee.


In the meantime, 19 people who went missing when a bus carrying 37 people was swept away in Ha Tinh's Xuan Lam Commune on Monday remain at large.


Floods have destroyed nearly 200,000 houses in affected provinces, the committee reported, warning that water levels at local rivers will keep rising, as rains continue to pound the provinces.


In unrelated news, at a committee meeting held Monday, Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said his agency has asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to urge China to let the nine fishermen who are now stuck on the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago stay there until supertyphoon Megi ends.


The fishermen, who contacted their families Sunday, more than five days after they were announced missing, following China's release, should also be provided with food, water and oil as well as support in repairing their boat, Phat said.

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