Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Central Viet Nam suffers from more flooding

Central Viet Nam has endured its fifth major flood since August, leaving tens of thousands of homes submerged under water, Reuters reported today.

In the coastal cities of Hue and Danang, and Quang Tri, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh Provinces, relief workers delivered emergency supplies, including household kits, clean water containers and mosquito nets.

“The water is at very dangerous levels and we are not very clear on what all the needs are,” said spokesman Tao Van Dang of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Hanoi. “Some people need help for disease prevention.”

According to disaster reports, in recent days, 24 people have died and 8 have been deemed missing, while approximately 25,000 people have been evacuated to higher ground. The latest deaths have brought the total for the region to 332, 114 of which occurred since October 26.

In the past few weeks, Viet Nam has had an outbreak of acute diarrhea, including cases of cholera, as well as dengue and bird flu.

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