Vietnam braces for more downpours as flood toll hits 72


"Authorities have instructed 75,000 fishing boats with over 300,000 fishermen to dock at ports or move out of unsafe areas in the South China Sea, " the disaster prevention committee said.

Before the latest disaster, some 170 people were reported dead or missing in bad weather this year, including 11 people killed when Typhoon Doksuri hit central Vietnam last month.

The heavy rain in the central and northern regions has disrupted travel in some areas, limiting the rescue attempts for the missing.

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

Vietnam is ranked the seventh most disaster-prone country in the world, and disasters over the past two decades have caused more than 13,000 deaths and property damage in excess of $6.4 billion, according to Achim Fock, acting country director for the World Bank in Vietnam.

The landslides and floods destroyed or inundated roughly 40,200 houses, broke or damaged some small dikes in Hanoi capital, Thanh Hoa and three northern provinces of Ha Nam, Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, killed or swept away almost 204,200 cattle and poultry. In a country damaged infrastructure, the disaster has caused damage to livestock - more than 230 thousand animals died.

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On Sunday, Hoa Binh authorities announced the state of emergency about landslides in the province.

The 30 missing are from Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Yen Bai, and northern Son La province.

More than 1.2 million acres of agricultural land have been affected, the department said.

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