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Floods sweep away 25 in Vietnam
Publication Date : 05-09-2013
Twenty five teachers asleep in their bungalows were swept away by flash floods in northern Lao Cai Province last night. Two of them were later found dead and 12 are still missing.
Emergency teams recovered the two bodies early this morning. They also rescued the other 11 people, who were injured and taken to hospital.
The headmaster of Ban Khoang Secondary School said the teachers were in several bungalows next to the school.
The disaster occurred as floods and landslides followed heavy rains ravaging the province's Sapa District.
Reports say that all the bungalows were swept into mountain creeks.
Rescue teams and local people have been mobilised to search for the remaining victims.
Earlier, flash-floods killed three people in the upland Phong Tho District of northern Lai Chau Province.
According to the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, heavy rains are forecast to continue in northern provinces in the next few days..
Whirlwinds and flash-floods are also a possibility.
A low-pressure system is behind the heavy rains.