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Dozens dead in Vietnamese floods
Woman rows along a flooded street in Hoi An, Vietnam (31/10/2007)
Storms and floods kill hundreds in Vietnam every year
More than 70 people have been killed by severe flooding in Vietnam over the past 10 days, officials have said.

More than 90,000 homes have been deluged in the central province of Phu Yen, and the historic town of Hoi An is under several feet of water.

Reports say people have been killed while battling floodwater to salvage firewood and other resources.

Meanwhile, officials are evacuating thousands of people ahead of a tropical storm, expected to hit later this week.

The flooding has affected several of the central coastal provinces and Danang city, causing extensive damage to property and crops.

Landslides are reported to have occurred in several areas and VietnamNet newspaper reported that mud has blocked sections of a national highway.

Officials fear that tropical storm Peipah will cause further damage if, as expected, it hits the country later this week.

Vietnam is particularly vulnerable to tropical storms and typhoons and hundreds of people die every year in floods.

Typhoon Lekima killed 88 people when it struck in early October.

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