Storm Son Tinh kills 20, leaves 16 missing in Vietnam

Storm Son Tinh kills 20, leaves 16 missing in Vietnam
Residents clear debris in a village damaged by flash flooding in Vietnam’s Yen Bai province on July 21, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 21 July 2018

Storm Son Tinh kills 20, leaves 16 missing in Vietnam

Storm Son Tinh kills 20, leaves 16 missing in Vietnam
  • Tropical storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14 in Vietnam.
  • Last year, 389 lives were claimed by natural disasters in the country, with material damages reportedly reaching $2.6 billion.

HANOI: Tropical storm Son Tinh has killed 20 people, left 16 missing and injured 14 in Vietnam, the country's rescue committee said on Saturday.
Floods triggered by heavy rains hit northern Vietnam after tropical storm Son Tinh made landfall in northern coastal areas on Thursday, while the capital Hanoi was flooded and lashed by torrential rains.
More than 5,000 houses were damaged, swept away, submerged or collapsed, around 82,000 hectares (200,000 acres) of crops were damaged and nearly 17,000 animals were killed nationwide, the Vietnam National Committee for Search and Rescue said in a report.
Heavy rains are expected to continue over the next few days, Vietnam's Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention said in a separate statement on Saturday.