South Vietnam's worst floods for six years have left large areas of land in the northern regions of the country under several feet of water.
South Vietnam's worst floods for six years have left large areas of land in the northern regions of the country under several feet of water. Crops around the ancient capital of Hue have ben ruined and it will be six months before farmers can plant again. It will be a hungry time for the farmers unless they receive aid.
More than two hundred people have been reported drowned in the flood waters. The worst hit areas are around Hue. Floodwaters have dropped in much of the country, but the situation around the former capital is still reported to be critical. The Viet-Cong delegation to the Paris peace talks has called on the American and South Vietnamese Governments to suspend all military operations in the flood affected area to allow relief work can be carried out to the best advantage. A spokesman for the South Vietnamese Government said in Saigon that this had already been done and the only action was instigated by a few isolated communist groups.
Meanwhile, President Thieu has toured the flooded areas and promised aid. It will have to last six months in many cases until farmers can sow new crops of rice and other foodstuffs.