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At least three killed by heavy rains and floods in central Vietnam

HANOI, Oct. 18 (DPA / EP) –

At least three people have died and five have been injured after several days of heavy rains in central Vietnam, authorities said Friday.

A two-year-old boy has been swept away by floods and a 53-year-old man has drowned in Nghe An province, as confirmed by the Central Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Natural Disasters.

At least three killed by heavy rains and floods in central Vietnam
At least three killed by heavy rains and floods in central Vietnam

The third victim, a 32-year-old man, was struck by lightning last Wednesday.

In addition, five high school students have been injured as they were also struck by lightning the same day while on their way to school in Nghe An.

The images of the state media show several streets in the city of Vinh, in the province of Nghe An, flooded with up to half a meter of water.

The floods have affected around 600 homes, more than 23,000 livestock animals have died and caused major traffic disruptions, according to the committee.

Heavy rains are expected to ease as of Friday, but authorities have warned of landslides and flooding in mountainous areas.

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