Southeast Asia flood deaths near 40 as new storm approaches

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HANOI/PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Nearly 40 people have died Vietnam and Cambodia and scores were missing, including rescuers, due prolonged heavy rain and flash flooding as tropical storm Nangka edged towards Vietnamese coast on .


A flooded village is seen Quang Tri province, Vietnam October 12, 2020. Ho Cau/VNA via REUTERS.
Heavy rains since early October have caused deadly floods and landslides several provinces central Vietnam and thousands of people western Cambodia, and state media said.

floods are expected worsen over coming days, with tropical storm Nangka forecast dump rain as makes landfall in Vietnam on Wednesday.

Nangka, packing wind speeds of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) trigger heavy rain of up to 400 millimetres in parts of northern and central Vietnam from Wednesday Friday, its weather agency said.

Ongoing flooding has at least 28 people in Vietnam, and 11 in Cambodia, where almost 25,000 houses and 84,000 hectares of crops have been damaged, according to local media.

Vietnamese disaster management authorities said over 130,000 houses have been impacted.

Seventeen construction workers were missing following a landslide at site of a hydropower dam in central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien Hue, state media reported.

An additional 13 people sent to rescue the workers are also missing, the state-run Nhan Dan newspaper reported on .

Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has instructed the defence ministry to send rescue to the site of the landslide, according to a government statement.

As of morning they were unable to reach the site, the statement added, because of high water levels, heavy rains, and additional landslides.