Viet Nam

Floods leave 16 dead in Vietnam

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HANOI, Oct 7, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Floods, which have hit Vietnam's Mekong Delta since August this year, killed 16 people, including 13 children, an official of the Central Steering Committee on Flood and Storm Prevention told Xinhua on Thursday.

As of Wednesday, the floods also inundated more than 15,600 houses, 217 schools, over 4,800 hectares of crops, and many local road sections, said vice head of the committee's office Do Ngoc Thien.

The water level in the upper stream of the Mekong River is forecast to lower in the next few days. However, local relevant agencies intensify preventive measures, including establishing rescuing teams, offering assistance to people in flood-hit areas, Thien said.

Natural disasters claimed 7,760 human lives and caused total losses of 40 trillion Vietnamese dong (2.5 billion dollars) in Vietnam between 1996 and 2002, according to the country's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.