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10/07/2007

Up to 67 killed in worst Vietnam floods in decades

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"This may be the worst flooding since 1945," said Phan Dang Khoa, a Communist Party official in Thach Thanh district of Thanh Hoa where a dyke broke on the Buoi river, causing extensive flooding.

THANH HOA, Vietnam (Reuters) - At least 67 people were killed or missing after a typhoon, floods and landslides cut power and closed roads in what officials in two Vietnamese provinces on Sunday described as some of the worst flooding in decades.

Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces in north-central Vietnam were hit hardest by torrential rains and strong winds in the aftermath of typhoon Lekima, which slammed into several provinces on Wednesday.

"The people need urgent help, the flooding won't be over for 10 or 15 more days," Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said on Sunday while visiting one of the disaster-struck areas.

Lekima was the fifth of 2007, but flooding and landslides in the aftermath have been even more devastating. The storm and floods destroyed about 100,000 homes mainly in central provinces and 15,000 hectares (37,070 acres) of rice crops. Image Above: A villager swims almost submerged in flood waters in Thach Thanh district, in Vietnam's Thanh Hoa province, October 7, 2007. (REUTERS/Joe Lowry/International Federation of Red Cross/Handout)
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