…As 28 die, 20 missing after Typhoon Lekima hits China’s south-east***
The body of the last missing flood victim in south central Vietnam has been recovered, bringing the monthly death toll from floods in the country to 24, authorities reported Monday.
Floods have wreaked havoc in August in both the Central Highlands of southern Vietnam as well as in northern Vietnam, where Typhoon Wipha made landfall on Aug. 2, killing 13 in the subsequent flooding, the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported.
Six remain missing in the northern floods.
In the south, nearly 3,900 houses and more than 22,000 hectares of crops were submerged, mostly in Lam Dong province.
Floods have also damaged more than 30 kilometres of national roads, including the road leading to the tourist city of Dalat.
They have also destroyed 142 hectares of aquarium farming and 4,300 cages of river-raised fish.
Damages are estimated at more than one billion Vietnamese dong (46 million dollars), the most serious loss in recent years. Deadly floods are common in Vietnam.
The Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention reported that 181 people died in natural disasters last year.
Almost all were killed in storm-related incidents, such as floods and landslides.
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In another development, no fewer than 28 people were killed and 20 others are missing after Typhoon Lekima hit south-eastern China, state news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.
Most of the deaths occurred on Saturday in Yongia County in Zhejiang province, where torrential downpours triggered a landslide that blocked rivers, creating an artificial reservoir.
When it burst, masses of water flooded the village of Yantan.
The typhoon, which brought with it heavy rain, large waves and strong winds, prompted China’s weather bureau to originally issue a red alert – its highest warning – before later downgrading it to orange.
Some 1 million people in its path were forced to evacuate.
The weakened storm was moving northwards along the coast of Shandong province on Sunday.