Nearly 40 people have died in Vietnam and Cambodia and scores missing, including rescuers, due to prolonged heavy rain and flash flooding as tropical storm Nangka edged towards the Vietnamese coast on Tuesday.
Heavy rains since early October have caused deadly floods and landslides in several provinces in central Vietnam and displaced thousands of people in western Cambodia
The floods are expected to worsen over the coming days, with tropical storm Nangka forecast to dump more rain as it makes landfall in Vietnam on Wednesday.
Reports say Ongoing flooding has killed at least 28 people in Vietnam, and 11 in Cambodia, where almost 25,000 houses and 84,000 hectares of crops have been damaged.
Vietnamese disaster management authorities said over 130,000 houses have been destroyed, Seventeen construction workers missing and additional 13 people sent to rescue the workers are also declared missing.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, has instructed the defense ministry to send more rescue troops to the site of the landslide.