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Deaths From Vietnam Floods Rise to 23

FILE - A boy catches fish in an area affected by floods in Yala province, southern Thailand, Jan. 21, 2017. Flooding in the northern and eastern regions have killed at least 23 people.

Rescuers in Vietnam have recovered 16 bodies over the past three days, bringing the death toll from floods in four northern provinces to 23.

Flash floods triggered by heavy rains earlier this week also left 16 people missing and injured 21 others.

According to the Central Natural Disasters Committee Sunday, floods have destroyed 228 houses, damaged roads, crops and irrigation system. Nearly 5,000 soldiers, police and residents have been mobilized to search for the missing.

Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, which kill hundreds of people each year.