South Vietnamese officials say that at least 173 people have lost their lives in the floods which have inundated the northern provinces of South Vietnam.
South Vietnamese officials say that at least 173 people have lost their lives in the floods which have inundated the northern provinces of South Vietnam. Sources in Saigon have put the death toll at more than 300.
The rain began in the northern provinces a month ago. One typhoon after another struck the coast at Hue and Da Nang; the rivers overflowed their banks and spilled out over the coastal plain.
Vietnamese officials said that more than 200,000 people were forced to leave their homes.
In Paris the Viet-Cong delegation at the peace talks said that more than 600 people were drowned. And they demanded that the Saigon Government and the United States should halt military operations so that relief work could go ahead.
In the past the Viet-Cong have used the Monsoons to re-establish their supply routes and restock their forces without giving away their positions.
In the northern province of South Vietnam, the rain has now stopped and the floods are receding. The people are returning to their homes and beginning to rebuild. The South-Vietnamese army is restoring roads and bridges, some of which were carried away by the floods.
SYNOPSIS: In the northern provinces of South Vietnam people took to their boats as typhoon after typhoon struck the coast. The rivers overflowed their banks and spilled out over the coastal plain.
South Vietnamese officials said that at least 173 people had lost their lives in the floods. But sources in Saigon have put the death toll much higher - at more than 600.
More than 200,000 were made homeless. Many of them lost all their belongings as the water engulfed farms and houses.
South Vietnamese troops helped to evacuate people from stricken areas. Many of them were housed temporarily in camps at the Da Nang air base where a special; watch was kept for possible guerrilla attack.
The rain has now stopped and many civilians have returned to their homes and are beginning to recover their farms and rebuild their houses. Road and bridges washed away in the floods are also being restored.