Floods cause havoc to Halong Bay cruises

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Heavy rains and flooding have killed 14 people and caused the cancellation of cruises in Vietnam’s famous Halong Bay area.

The worst flooding in 40 years has led the Vietnamese authorities to issue a temporary ban on day and overnight cruises in Halong Bay and mobilise the military to help.

It is unclear how many cruises have actually been affected, with Pandaw claiming their itineraries were continuing and Haimark their mid-August season was going ahead.

HG Travel in Australia, however, reported 1,000 passengers were affected, and they were making alternative arrangements.

 

The Bangkok Post reports that the floods have killed at least 14 people, and that three more remain missing.

A number of local tourists have been stranded on nearby Co To island, which has been cut off from the mainland by the storm.