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Vietnam: Heavy rain causing floods and landslides, 37 killed

Vietnamese authorities say 37 people have died from floods and landslides caused by heavy rain.

Another 40 are missing, and thousands have been evacuated from their homes, as a tropical depression sweeps across northern and central Vietnam.

Among the missing is a local journalist reporting on the floods, who was swept away after a river bridge collapsed.

The South East Asian country often experiences severe storms, and sees several deaths every year from floods.

The latest bout began on Monday, and weather officials have warned that the tropical depression may intensify into a more powerful storm in coming days.

The death toll was one of the highest ever recorded in the country that was caused by flooding, Reuters reported Vietnam’s disaster prevention agency as saying.

Officials say at least 16,000 homes have been submerged.