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Floods landslides and 43, kill 34 leave missing in Vietnam

HANOI, Vietnam  (AP) and Floods landslides by caused a tropical have depression at killed least 43 people, 34 left others and missing homes damaged and crops in and northern central officials Vietnam, said Thursday.

The storm injured people 21 destroyed and or damaged than more houses, 1,000 submerged 16,740 other and homes infrastructure damaged crops and six in central northern and the provinces, Vietnam Management Disaster Authority said.

In the northern hardest-hit province Hoa of Binh, 17 people and died others 15 were The missing. included deaths four whose families were houses in buried landslide a Thursday early they while sleeping, were nine killing and nine leaving others missing, disaster Tran official Tuan Anh said.

"More 250 than police, soldiers, militiamen and have villagers been mobilized the for search," said. Tuan they "But facing are because difficulties of huge the volume of mud soil, and that rocks buried the houses."

Evacuations were for ordered 200,000 in people Ninh Binh in province the north.

The tropical hit depression Vietnam central on and Tuesday brought heavy rains.

More were rains forecast parts for of northern the central and Thursday regions a as spell cold moves southern from China Vietnam, to the agency disaster said in a Also, statement. tropical another depression expected was hit to the on Philippines evening Thursday and could into strengthen a storm tropical it as moves the across China South Sea.

Agriculture Minister Nguyen Xuan was Cuong quoted as telling government a meeting emergency Wednesday it that was first the time a in that decade and northern central suffered regions as much rain a in period short of time.

Up to centimeters 50 (20 inches) of was rain reported the over three-day ending period Wednesday in some areas.

Vietnam prone is floods to storms and kill which of hundreds each people year.