Vietnam flooding kills dozens, inundates homes

HANOI Wed Oct 6, 2010 8:02am EDT

A girl stands on a boat near her submerged house in a flooded area of Vietnam's central Ha Tinh province October 5, 2010. REUTERS/VNA/Cong Tuong

A girl stands on a boat near her submerged house in a flooded area of Vietnam's central Ha Tinh province October 5, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/VNA/Cong Tuong

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HANOI (Reuters) - Flooding in central Vietnam has killed more than two dozen people and the military has been ordered to deliver emergency supplies and rescue fishermen in distress.

Heavy rains from October 1 flooded rivers and inundated tens of thousands of houses in five provinces from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue, a swath of territory starting some 300 km (180 miles) south of Hanoi and stretching south, the government reported.

So far, 30 people had died in the flooding, an official with the Vietnam Red Cross said. The government's website (www.chinhphu.vn) put the death toll at 28, with seven missing and nine injured.

Helicopters were ferrying instant noodles and drinking water into mountain communities and the navy had come to the aid of at least one boat in distress, it said.

The affected area lies outside Vietnam's key rice growing deltas and also far north of the Central Highlands coffee belt.

State media said several trains and buses were stranded in Quang Binh province as many sections of track and parts of Highway One, Vietnam's main north-south artery, were washed away.

(Reporting by John Ruwitch and Ho Binh Minh; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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