Death toll from Vietnam typhoon floods rises to 61

Vastavam web: The death toll from typhoon downpours and floods wreaking havoc along Vietnam’s south- central coast has risen to 61, an official said today, as the country opens its doors to world leaders for this week’s APEC summit.Typhoon Damrey struck just before Vietnam was set to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Danang, which will bring together US President Donald Trump, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, among other leaders.Today an official from Vietnam’s search and rescue committee told AFP the death toll had reached 61, with victims perishing in floods, landslides and capsized boats at sea.
Authorities said rivers were raging as reservoirs filled up to near capacity in central and southern provinces, with rain still pelting some areas.Flooding and landslides in northern and central regions killed more than 70 people last month.In September, Typhoon Doksuri tore through central Vietnam, killing 11 people and decimating communities across several provinces.