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More Vietnam Typhoon Victims

By Prensa Latina,

Hanoi : Floods resulting from heavy rain in North Vietnam since Friday caused by typhoon Hammuri have left some 145 dead or missing plus thousands of victims.

The Storm Control Office says the casualties round 200, including 100 dead, mostly in Lao Cai, Yen Bai and Phu Tho provinces, and 4,000 houses destroyed with thousands trapped at some areas.

Communist Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh called the government to aid the victims with food and medication and arrange a reconstruction plan.

Although the Hanoi-Lao Cai highway remains open there is still threat of mudslide and floods that add to the heavy traffic slowed on damaged roads.

Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat confirmed from Lao Cai that the highway is seriously damaged while the Transportation Office confirmed roads and railroads are affected by erosion and mudslide.

Authorities say northern regions have never been isolated like this, with over $500,000 in damages to electrical services that local companies suspended for security concerns.