DANANG, Vietnam — The death toll from a typhoon that struck Vietnam’s south-central coast last weekend, causing widespread flooding, has risen to 89, with 18 others still missing, the government said Tuesday.
An official from the National Committee for Search and Rescue Operations said soldiers, police, militiamen, and villagers have been mobilized to search for the missing.
Those who perished were killed by collapsing houses, washed away by floods, or drowned in capsized ships.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the storm also injured 174 others.
Weather forecasters said water levels in most rivers in the region were receding, but the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said that parts of a main highway were still covered with up to three feet of water, disrupting traffic.
The disaster agency said the government has ordered relief aid of $44 million for the typhoon’s victims.