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Vietnam flood toll reaches 43

NINE more deaths in Vietnam have brought the toll from the Mekong Delta's worst flooding in more than a decade to 43 people, mostly children.

Seasonal floods have submerged nearly 70,000 homes, the country's government said.

The waters have damaged an estimated f40m in crops and infrastructure in the south since late August.

The high water levels also prevented more than 234,000 students from attending schools.