At least 23 people have been killed and 11 are still missing after severe storms hit Vietnam’s northern mountainous provinces. The worst affected are Hà Giang, Lai Châu, Lào Cai and Điện Biên. Authorities said that water level in upper reaches of rivers had reached record levels during the past 20 years. Heavy



rain started falling throughout the region on Saturday, June 23, killing 5 people and leaving 12 missing in the province of Lai Châu. Floods and landslides swept away or damaged hundreds of homes, the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention said, adding that some sections of national and provincial roads were damaged, causing serious traffic jams. READ MORE