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Death toll rises in northern floods

August 10, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The death toll from northern Vietnam's floods and landslides rose to 82 after 20 more bodies were recovered, officials said.

Seven more bodies were recovered in the worst-hit province, Lao Cai, bringing the death toll there to 32, said disaster official Pham Van Toan. Four more bodies were discovered in neighboring Yen Bai province and one more body was found in Phu Tho, officials said.

Flash floods and landslides have also claimed at least eight lives in Ha Giang province, raising the overall death toll to 82, said provincial disaster official Hoang Manh Hung. An additional 37 people were reported missing.

Floods and landslides brought by Tropical Storm Kammuri have battered the region since Friday night.

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