Floods, rough seas kill 18 in Vietnam as fresh storm on the way

At least 18 people died and more than a dozen are missing after floods flooded homes in central Vietnam and rough seas capsized fishing boats, authorities said on Monday as another storm threatened new downpours.
Pictures in state media showed entire villages under water in Quang Tri and Quang Nam, while cloudy floods flowed through the imperial city of Hue and the tourist hotspot Hoi An over the weekend.
More than a hundred thousand houses were submerged in the floods and almost 46,000 people were evacuated, the Vietnamese civil protection agency said.
The military conducted a dramatic helicopter rescue of eight fishermen who had been swept away by rough seas off Quang Tri province.
However, three fishermen are among the dead and three more are missing.
Vietnam is often characterized by harsh weather during the rainy season between June and November, with the central coastal areas being the most vulnerable.
The country is preparing for another storm to strike from the South China Sea, with heavy rain expected again.
According to the General Statistics Office, 132 people in Vietnam were reported dead or missing due to natural disasters last year.
lqb / aph / fox

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