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28 dead in Vietnam floods, state media report

By the CNN Wire Staff
Villagers leave their flooded homes on a small boat in the central province of Ha Tinh, Vietnam, on Wednesday.
Villagers leave their flooded homes on a small boat in the central province of Ha Tinh, Vietnam, on Wednesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Central Vietnam has experienced record rainfall this week
  • The government mobilized troops and sent aid after 70,000 homes were flooded

(CNN) -- Torrential rain and flash floods has left at least 28 people dead in central Vietnam, state media reported Wednesday.

At least seven people are missing and nine are injured after about 70,000 houses were flooded, VietNamNet reported.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung demanded "urgent measures to deal with the disaster" on Tuesday, the agency said.

More than 900 troops were sent to help with rescue operations, with hundreds of flotation aids, 35 tents, more than 1.5 million tons of food and 2.5 million liters (656,250 gallons) of water.

Central Vietnam has seen record rainfall this week, with some areas getting twice as much rain as is normal for this time of year.