INTERNATIONAL

Vietnam Braces For Another Storm

Vietnamese authorities today braced for another storm as the death toll from floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains since early October mounted to at least 105, with dozens still missing.

Rescue teams and disaster officials are on standby and preparing equipment in the Philippines, awaiting the arrival on the main island of Luzon later today of tropical storm Saudel, which could bring heavy rains and cause mudslides.

Vietnam's weather agency is expecting Saudel to arrive in its central region on Saturday (October 24), bringing more intense rains, risking exacerbating its worst flooding in years.

Floods and mudslides during October have killed at least 105 people in central Vietnam and left 27 missing, among those 15 construction workers of a hydropower dam project buried under a mudslide last week.

At least 178,000 homes, nearly 7,000 hectares of crops have been impacted and 700,000 farm animals killed.