13/10/2017 07:02 SAST | Updated 13/10/2017 07:02 SAST

54 killed, 39 missing in Vietnam floods and landslides

Thousands have also been evacuated in the destructive Vietnam floods.

Rescuers load boats with boxes of foods, mostly instant noodles, that will be distributed to local residents in Thach Thanh district, central province of Thanh Hoa on October 12, 2017.

Floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression have killed 54 people in northern and central Vietnam while rescuers were trying to search for another 39 people still missing, officials say.

The storm also injured 31 people and submerged more than 30 000 houses, damaged infrastructure, crops and livestock, the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement on Friday.

Disaster official Nguyen Thi Lien from northern Yen Bai province where six people have died from the floods says 580 soldiers and police and more than 2 000 residents have been mobilised to search for another 16 still missing in the province.

The tropical depression hit central Vietnam on Tuesday. Another tropical storm, Khanun, is moving to the South China Sea toward Vietnam, according to the national weather forecasters.