1 Nov 2008

Floods kill 24 people in Vietnam

9:51 pm on 1 November 2008

Floods in Vietnam have killed at least 24 people, including several in the capital, Hanoi, which has suffered its heaviest rains for two decades.

The worst-hit area was the central province of Nghe An, where 11 died.

Vietnamese authorities are warning of more flash floods in the north of the country.

Streets in Hanoi remained submerged with up to 1 metre of water after torrential rains, described as the heaviest since 1984.

Torrential rain continued to pound northern Vietnam on Saturday, the weather office said, threatening dangerous flash floods in six mountainous provinces.