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Death toll in Vietnam landslides rises to 68

Recall, the cause of the disaster was that hit the country hurricane Hanoun, which has caused heavy rains.

A tropical storm forming in the East Sea has been forecast to hit China's Hainan Island before moving to northern and central Vietnam next Monday, threatening to wreak more havoc in a region already in the throes of devastating floods that have killed at least 54 people. Vietnam is prone to floods and storms which kill hundreds of people each year, Agriculture Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong said in a government emergency meeting Wednesday. As reported Associated Press with reference to the Vietnamese Agency for disaster prevention, another 34 people are missing.

Disaster officials in the area said that about 300 soldiers, police and militia were still searching for eight people missing from a landslide.

"Transportation to and from the southern district of Tram Tau was cut off by landslides and floods, making it impossible to send additional search forces to look for six people still missing there", Lien said, adding that the search operations in the district are relying on local military, police and villagers.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Khanun is weakening as it moves toward the Tonkin Gulf and is expected to bring rains to northern and central Vietnam.

Floods have also affected seven of 77 provinces in Thailand, Vietnam's neighbor to the west, that country's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Thursday.

More than 480,000 ha of agricultural land Thailand have been hit, it said.



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