Rain stops in
Residents cleaning homes covered with mix of mud, debris, garbage
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Another seven bodies were found in northern
Weather forecasters say the rains in
At the height of the flooding, more than 100
"Our main pump station is running 24 hours a day, pumping 4 million cubic meters of excess water a day," he said. "We hope the water will recede completely from metropolitan
Only scattered showers were predicted in
Nguyen Van Hai, 34, and his family of three moved back home Wednesday after spending five days with his in-laws. He had taken the day off the clean his house.
"Our first floor is covered with 10 centimeters (4 inches) of mud," he said. "It's so smelly."
Five more bodies were found late Tuesday in two
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Death toll in
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HANOI, Vietnam - Much of Vietnam's capital remained under water Sunday as the death toll from the city's worst flooding in two decades climbed to 18, disaster officials and state media reported.
Floods caused by heavy rain have killed at least 50 people across northern and central
Rain halted Sunday morning but resumed in the afternoon in
Officials warned that the flooding could worsen.
"All the lakes and rivers are swollen, threatening the dikes around
Rain submerged homes, power stations, schools and offices, stranding many who couldn't return from work. Floods also contaminated city water supplies.
"I had to stay in my office for two days because I did not want to swim home in dirty water. It is a total nightmare," said Nguyen Ngoc Khiem, 29, a businessman.
With the vast
Fourteen more bodies were recovered in
Floods also inundated homes in other provinces in the
In Ninh Binh, water spilled over dikes, submerging about 10,000 homes. One soldier was killed Saturday while helping to reinforce a dike, said Bui Van Thang, chairman of the provincial government.
Authorities mobilized some 1,000 militiamen and police to evacuate villagers to higher ground and rush food and medicine to flooded areas, Thang said.
"Our top priority now is to keep dikes from breaking," Thang said. "In the worst-case scenario, hundreds of thousands people will be affected."
The floods have destroyed thousands of acres of crops across the region.
Three people were washed away Friday in the
Overall, 12 people drowned in Ha Tinh.
In the neighboring
Four people were killed in Quang Ngai and Quang Binh provinces.
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