Vietnam floods and landslides leave 43 dead, thousands evacuated

(VIETNAM, LANKAPUVATH) –Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam have killed 43 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, officials say.

The hardest hit province is Hoa Binh in northern Vietnam More than 17,000 households have been evacuated and more than 200 homes have collapsed More than 200 people were killed in storms in Vietnam last year Another 34 people were missing and 21 were injured after rains caused landslides and flooding, mostly in northern and central Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority.

In the hardest-hit northern province of Hoa Binh, 17 people died and 15 others were missing.

The casualties included four families whose houses were buried in a landslide early on Thursday (local time) while they were sleeping, killing nine and leaving nine others missing, disaster official Quach Viet Hoang said.

Vietnam often suffers from destructive storms and floods due to its long coastline.

More than 200 people were killed in storms last year.

A typhoon tore a destructive path across central Vietnam just last month, flooding and damaging homes and knocking out power lines.

The tropical depression hit central Vietnam on Tuesday and brought heavy rains.

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