POST TIME: 14 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Floods kill 13 in Vietnam
AFP, Hanoi

Floods kill 13 in Vietnam

Floods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said yesterday, as farmers scrambled to save crops and livestock ahead of more bad weather forecast for this week. Torrential rains have lashed six provinces in the centre of the country since Saturday, killing thousands of cows and chickens and flooding several cities -- including the coastal resort town of Danang.

More than 50 centimetres (20 inches) of rain hit some areas, with more downpours expected in the coming days, the disaster management office said Thursday.

"Thirteen people were killed, while one remains missing in Quang Ngai province," the office said. Around 12,000 hectares of crops were destroyed, and some 160,000 livestock killed, it added.

One farmer in Quang Nam province said he lost all his chickens in the flooding, costing him tens of thousands of dollars. "The water receded but thousands of our chickens were dead.

We had to collect them for burial as the smell was so bad," Nguyen Thanh said, quoted by state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper.