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7/31/2018 10:42:15 AM

Vietnam extends sympathy to India over floods

(VNF) - President Tran Dai Quang, on July 30, sent a message of sympathy to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind over heavy human and property losses caused by the recent floods in seven states of country.

Floods and building collapses have killed dozens in northern India's Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: AFP)

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc cabled a similar message to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended his sympathy to Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Heavy monsoon rains that sparked floods and destroyed homes in several parts of India and forced others to flee to higher ground since July 26.

More rain is forecast for Bihar and neighboring Uttar Pradesh where 80 people have died over the last four days, either drowning or being hit by collapsing walls.

Rivers running through Uttar Pradesh were in spate. "The next one week is critical. If the water level rises consistently ... definitely we will have a flood scenario," said state relief commissioner Sanjay Kumar.

More than 10,000 people who lived near the banks of the Yamuna river in and around Delhi have been shifted to tents on higher ground as the water level crossed the danger mark, district magistrate K. Mahesh said./.

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