26 Dead as Storms Batter Vietnamese

United Press International

Flash floods and high winds in central Vietnam have killed at least 26 people and destroyed more than 250,000 acres of crops and nearly 2,500 homes, Vietnamese news reports said Wednesday.

The storms and floods have damaged 31 bridges, communication and irrigation projects and many sections of roads and railways, the reports said.

The official Vietnam News Agency said “continuous heavy rains and whirlwinds” have ravaged the more than 600-mile span between Thanh Hoa and Phu Khanh provinces in central Vietnam.