Rains, floods and landslides hit Vietnam and the Philippines

In Vietnam, Typhoon Son Tinh, now a tropical depression, has hit rural and urban areas, including Hanoi. At least 20 dead and 16 missing. More than 15,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed and more than 110,000 hectares of crops have been inundated. In the Philippines, the tropical depression Josie is about to leave the country but has already killed five.

Hanoi (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Tropical storms have caused scores of victims in Vietnam and the Philippines.

In Vietnam, the authorities announced that flash floods have killed at least 20 people with 16 missing. Residents in the affected areas have been forced to seek safety on higher grounds.

The remnants of Typhoon Son Tinh, now a tropical depression, made landfall last Wednesday night, the third tropical storm to hit Vietnam since the start of the year.

Floods and landslide from heavy rain have ranged far and wide and impacted rural and urban areas, including the capital Hanoi.

State-controlled VNExpress news site reported last Saturday that residents in Chuong My district on the outskirts of Hanoi were asked to leave their homes and get to higher ground for fear of heavy floods.

Some 150 soldiers have been deployed to assist the evacuation of the residents (pictured).

The amount of land under siege has also spiked, with over 15,000 houses damaged or destroyed and more than 110,000ha of crops inundated. Several roads have also disappeared under the water.

In the Philippines, tropical depression Josie is on its way out of the country but will continue to induce heavy rain over the western sections of Luzon and Visayas today.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration urged the public, especially those living near river channels and in low-lying and mountainous areas, to be on alert for possible flash flood or landslide.

At least five people have died and more than 700,000 were affected by days of heavy rain, which caused flooding and landslides, the Filipino authorities said yesterday.

At least three tropical cyclones have battered the Philippines in recent weeks. Josie is the Philippines' 10th tropical cyclone for 2018. The country usually gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year.