SIXTY-NINE people are now confirmed dead after a typhoon struck Vietnam’s south-central coast at the weekend, causing widespread flooding.
The government said yesterday that 30 people are still missing in the wake of Typhoon Damrey, which caused extensive damage.
Muddy floodwaters have submerged the hardest-hit provinces, including the historic city of Hoi An, a Unesco world heritage site.
Forecasters said water levels in most rivers in the region were dropping, but the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said parts of a main motorway were still covered with up to three feet of water.
The disaster agency said the government has ordered relief aid of £35 million for the typhoon’s victims.
Damrey was the second natural disaster to hit the south-east Asian country in a month. About 75 people died and 28 others were reported missing in several northern and central provinces last month by flooding triggered by a tropical storm.