Floods, landslides kill 37 in Vietnam, scores missing

This picture from the Vietnam News Agency taken on October 11, 2017 shows a man (R) walking with his motorcycle through a flooded area in the central province of Nghe An. (AFP photo)

HANOI, Vietnam — At least 37 people have died and another 40 are missing after floods and landslides ravaged northern and central Vietnam, disaster officials said Thursday.

The deaths occurred across six provinces as heavy rains lashed swathes of the country this week, Vietnam’s Disaster Management Authority said. Northern Hoa Binh is the hardest hit with 11 dead and 21 missing.

“We are mobilising all forces to search for the missing,” a disaster official in the province told AFP by phone. AFP