Over 37 persons have died with 40 more missing as severe floods submerged hundreds of homes in Vietnam.
According to reports, a journalist is among those missing, with authorities saying that the flood, which started on Monday, may intensify in the coming days.
This is the highest number of causalities recorded thus far even as an official of the country’s emergency body disclosed that at least 16,000 homes have been submerged.
It was gathered that the northern Yen Bai and Hoa Binh provinces have been mostly hit hard.
“We had no time to react. My oldest son was swept away by the floodwater,” one Yen Bai resident told news outlet Tuoi Tre.
A Vietnam News Agency reporter was among places swept away by a torrential river after a bridge they were crossing in Yen Bai collapsed.
In a related development, 18 persons were buried in an overnight landslide in Hoa Binh, with most of them still missing by Thursday.
Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed for rescue efforts. A disaster agency official told AFP news agency that they were “mobilising all forces to search for the missing.”
The Asian nation has been faced with severe storms and floods yearly, resulting in hundreds of deaths.