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Torrential rains ravage central coast, kill six

Update: September, 07/2012 - 12:32

HA NOI -- Torrential rains since Monday in coastal areas have killed at least six people and left three others missing, the Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Control reported this morning.

Rains and floods have inundated more than 1,200 houses, 10,500 hectares of crops and swept away 11 bridges in the province, said local authorities. Landslides have also damaged most of the province's major traffic routes, isolating its mountainous areas.

Nghe An topped the list of casualties with three deaths and five people injured.

Ha Tinh and Thanh Hoa reported one and two deaths, respectively, while thousands of houses in these areas were also flooded, crops subsided and roads damaged, according to the local departments for agriculture and rural development.

Meanwhile, the Central Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Centre has warned that the north central region may suffer more flash floods and landslides over the weekend.

Crew members missing

A 2,000-tonne sea liner sank in rough seas off the coast of Hai Phong on Wednesday, leaving seven crew members missing.

Only two men on board were saved by army rescue teams.

The Hoang Thinh ship, which left Truc Ninh Habour in Nam Dinh Province on the same day for Quang Ninh Province to collect goods, sank due to large waves and strong winds, said survivors.

Rescue efforts continued today to search for the missing crew members.--VNS

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