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Vietnam mobilises 650,000 soldiers as new storm looms

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Vietnam is mobilising more than 650,000 soldiers and volunteers to prepare against a new incoming storm, authorities said on Thursday.

Vietnam’s National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warned in Hanoi.

Flooding and landslides caused by multiple storms and torrential rains in Vietnam have killed 114 people in recent weeks, while 21 others are still missing.

More flash floods and landslides are expected in the coming days as Storm Saudel crosses the South China Sea and heads towards Vietnam, the centre said.

The storm is forecast to bring further heavy rains to central provinces already suffering the consequences of devastating floods.

Central parts of the country have been overwhelmed by heavy rains since Oct. 5 as three storms battered the central coast.

Deaths have been reported in 12 provinces stretching along the central Vietnamese coastline and up into the central highlands, Vietnam’s Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said in a report.

The deaths include 33 soldiers, while the rest are civilians.

On Thursday, the army organised funerals for 22 soldiers who were killed after a landslide hit their station on Sunday.

Sixteen national roads, spanning 165 kilometres were damaged or destroyed, causing major traffic disruption.

Nearly 7,500 hectares of rice and crops have been flooded and 5,876 cattle and 685,000 poultry killed.

dpa/NAN

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