At least 100 people have been killed and 50 left missing in northwest Vietnam, by flooding and landslides, officials said.
Over the weekend, power lines have been downed and transportation links cut by tropical storm Kammuri, which battered mountain villages in Lao Cai province. (photo, from bbc.co.uk)
Entire villages have been swept away by torrents of water, said local officials, while mountains of mud buried other victims.
In order to reach people in flooded areas, hundreds of troops are using trucks and boats.
“We have reached some areas that had been isolated for two days”, Thao A Tua, a local disaster relief official, told the French news agency AFP.
“We are focusing on finding the people still missing. It’s bad, we are afraid they are dead and we’ll have to recover their bodies.”
Bringing high winds and heavy rain, the storm moved into the region on Friday.
More rain expected
Bordering China, Lao Cai, bore the brunt of the storm, though surrounding provinces were also hard-hit.
Government said that more than 4 000 buildings have been flooded and roads and bridges washed away.
Tourists on their way to the hill-top resort of Sapa have been stranded because sections of the rail link between Hanoi and Lao Cai were also blocked, officials said.
Later in the day, more rain is expected in the region, which could potentially hamper the rescue effort.
Kammuri is the ninth tropical storm of the year.
Last week, nearly 400 000 people have been evacuated and thousands of vessels back to port in China, as the storm lashed its southern coast.