October 7th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

In Vietnam, death toll rises from flooding

The death toll from devastating floods in central Vietnam now stands at 48, state-run news reports said Thursday, citing emergency officials

At least 19 people have been injured and 41 ships sank or were damaged as the government urgently pursued measures to deal with the disaster. Flooding has inundated more than 100,000 dwellings and has caused millions of dollars in damage, the reports said.

More than 900 troops were sent to help with rescue operations, with hundreds of flotation aids, more than 1.5 million tons of food and 2.5 million liters (656,250 gallons) of water.

Central Vietnam has seen record rainfall this week, with some areas getting twice as much rain as is normal for this time of year. The flooding there is the latest in a series of deadly floods across the world recently.

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai inspected the flood-hit central region, including the worst-flooded district of Quang Trach, news reports said.

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  1. termlimits

    Tough break.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vietnam Vet

    Do not send the money to help directly to the Vietnamese government. Still being one of the most extreme Communist countries nowadays, the government still blatantly depress freedom of speech and denounce religious practice. If receiving the aids money, they will surely pocket themselves to feed and send their own family member aboard. Do not listen to what the Vietnamese communist government says, just see what they been doing to their innocent people.

    October 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jright

    Thats really unfortunate

    October 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. may dang

    Actually I am vietnamese and I've been there plenty of times. They are allowed to practice ANY type of religion they like. Theirs a mosque, temple and a church in my grandmas village. all the money is recorded through the treasurer. So the next time you'll like to run your mouth please make sure what your saying is correct. Its the 21st century. Get with it.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sacrams

    Too bad they couldn't have saved all that fresh rainwater and sold it to a country suffering from drought.
    But no, let's keep everyone dumb and busy at simple things and just live for today!

    October 7, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |