Vietnam Floods, After Days of Rains, Kill 26, Government Says

Floods have killed at least 26 people in central Vietnam, the government said on its website.

There were 13 fatalities reported in the coastal province of Binh Dinh, seven in Quang Ngai province, and two each in Gia Lai, Phu Yen and Quang Nam provinces, the government said in its posting. Quang Ngai and Quang Nam are on the coast north of Binh Dinh, Phu Yen is to the south and Gia Lai is an interior Central Highlands province. One person was reported missing in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum, the government said.

The region from Thua Thien-Hue to Phu Yen provinces was hit by three days of heavy rains, with some areas receiving 300 millimeters (12 inches), the government said in another posting. Thousands of houses in Quang Nam province were surrounded by waters exceeding three meters (10 feet), and roads into the area were blocked by impassable flooding.

Guests in hotels in the central town of Hoi An were evacuated, according to the government.

Hoi An is a United Nations World Heritage Site, as are the monuments in and around the city of Hue in Thua Thien-Hue province.

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