185 people killed, missing in Vietnam floods in 10 months

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A bridge damaged by floods is seen in Mu Cang Chai district, in northern Yen Bai province, Vietnam August 4, 2017. REUTERS

HO CHI MINH CITY (Xinhua) – Natural disasters, mainly typhoons, floods and landslides, left 185 people dead or missing, and 134 injured in Vietnam in the first 10 months of this year.

According to the agriculture ministry in October alone, natural disasters, mostly floods, high tides and whirlwinds, killed two local people, injured five others, and caused property losses worth some 50 billion Vietnamese dong (US$ 2.2 million).

Between January and October, the natural disasters destroyed nearly 1,900 houses, damaged 59,600 other houses, and affected over 172,000 hectares of paddy rice and other crops, leaving losses of more than 8,800 billion Vietnamese dong (US$382.6 million).

In the last two decades, natural disasters in Vietnam left over 400 people dead or missing each year, while causing economic losses equal 1-1.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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