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Flash floods claim at least 11 lives in central Vietnam

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Hanoi_(dpa) _ Flash floods triggered by heavy rain killed at least 11 people and damaged thousands of homes in central Vietnam, disaster officials said Monday.

The central provinces saw heavy rain between October 15 and 19, with average daily accumulation between 300 and 470 millimeters.

"According to the latest figures on Monday morning, there have been 11 people killed and seven injured," said Phan Phu Chinh of the Central Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Control.

The committee's website said the provinces most seriously affected were Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai.

More than 11,000 hectares of paddy and vegetables were damaged, and three schools and several kilometres of roads were destroyed.

The committee warned of more flash floods and landslides, and warned residents of mountainous areas to leave their homes.

Last month, floods triggered by Typhoon Hagupit killed at least 25 people in northern Vietnam. dpa mas tl pw

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