Floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression have killed at least 43 people, left 34 missing and injured dozens in northern and central Vietnam.
The storm that saw some areas hit by 50 centimeters of rain over three days up to Wednesday night also destroyed or damaged at least 1,000 homes, flooded 16,000 and damaged infrastructure and crops in six provinces.
In hardest-hit Hoa Binh province, 17 people died and 15 were missing. Nine were killed and nine were missing from four families whose homes were buried in a landslide early yesterday as they slept, Disaster Management Authority official Tran Anh Tuan said.
"More than 250 soldiers, police, militiamen and villagers are searching," Tuan said. "But a huge volume of mud and rocks has buried the homes."
More rain was forecast for parts of Vietnam's north and center as a cold spell moved in from China, and a depression hitting the Philippines could strengthen into a tropical storm as it crosses the South China Sea.