Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bus deaths push Vietnam flood toll to 59

AFP: The death toll from flooding in Vietnam climbed to 59 on Tuesday after police said 18 passengers whose bus was swept away are presumed dead. Heavy rains that began late last week have washed over three provinces, Nghe An, Quang Binh, and Ha Tinh -- where a state of emergency was declared on Tuesday afternoon.

Police in Ha Tinh said the bus disappeared on Monday in flood waters on the main north-south Highway 1A. Hundreds of soldiers using boats and metal detectors were mobilised to search for the missing passengers, state television reported. "I think they are all dead," Tran Van Long, deputy head of police in Nghi Xuan district, told AFP….

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