Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, October 05, 2007

Rescuers struggle to help Vietnamese communities hit by typhoon

Rescuers are rushing to aid communities in central Viet Nam hit by Typhoon Lekima, Agence-France Presse reported today.

Floods created by the storm have killed at least 17 people, with another six people reported missing, local officials said.

In Nghe An Province, flash floods isolated parts of one neighborhood.

“Several residential areas have been submerged under water, and it’s difficult to approach them. We have mobilized military boats and vessels to help in relief activities,” Long said.

“The water level of rivers there has risen rapidly, reaching the record level of 80.19 meters (264 feet) Friday,” provincial disaster official Dao Van Long said.

Lekima has damaged 77,000 homes and structures and 87,000 acres of crops, while causing a total material loss of approximately $41 million, the Hanoi storm committee reported.

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