07 Nov '11, 12pm

Children main victims of Vietnam floods: UN

HANOI (AFP) - Almost all the victims of severe flooding in Vietnam's Mekong Delta were children, the United Nations (UN) said on Monday, as the official death toll climbed to 78. The UN said 65 children under the age of 16 were among those killed by widespread flooding that has inundated much of south and central Vietnam. 'The Mekong floods have caused an alarming number of child fatalities, most of them due to drowning,' it said in a statement, announcing it was stepping up its response to the disaster. Jean Dupraz of the UN Children's Fund in Vietnam said preventing drowning was the agency's priority. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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